Muskingum County is looking to hire a bee inspector.
On Thursday the county commissioners interviewed Jack Head, who already inspects the hives in Belmont and Guernsey Counties. He said it’s important to check the colonies once a year for dangerous diseases.
"That’s the number one thing that we’re looking for when we get in there," said Head. "It’s highly contagious, and if you don’t do something about it, it’ll spread to the other hives in the area. The bees will eventually die, so you want to address that right away."
The bee population is relatively healthy in Muskingum County. Head said bees are vital to our society.
"A third of your food depends on bees pollinating, so if you wipe out the bee population, you would wipe out a third of our food that we get right now," said Head. "That’s a pretty major issue."
Bee inspections take place from April to October.