ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – When a swarm of bees crashed a tailgate party on Texas Rangers Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington, tailgaters knew just who to call. “The bees landed underneath a Sprite can in a koozie in the chair, and they were just sitting there,” said beekeeper Chris Collins.
Since Easter Sunday, Collins has responded to over a dozen calls for bee removal. He is a real estate agent by day, however, beekeeping has been his hobby for the last three years. He wants the bees that homeowners do not.
And, thanks to mild seasons recently, Collins has been in business. “Last spring was extended,” he explained. “We didn’t have a hot summer, so the flowers bloomed, the bees grew.”
In the last few days, Collins has been called to remove bees from a trampoline in The Colony, from inside of a tree trunk in Southlake and, inevitably, from inside of homes. “It’s not a happy sight when, this past week in Frisco, we had to tear out the entire soffit end of a house to pull out a beehive that had been there for two years,” he explained.
For Collins, the buzzing that most people might consider a nuisance is a sweet and welcome sound at his farm. “Our blackberries are blooming right now and, every morning, you can go out and they’re covered in bees,” Collins said. “We see an increase in number of peaches, in the number of blackberries.”
Collins works at his hobby during his spare time, accepting donations for the removals while steadily growing the number of hives on his property.