Mother and son work together to preserve bees

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) -- Mother and son, Cecelia and Christopher Cisneros, are working to preserve the bee population in Laredo, Texas.

Christopher Cisneros started working at the center as a tour guide, teaching kids about animals and that is how he ended up having his own space for his beehives.

"Originally, I was supposed to go to college in California, so I told her, you get me a beehive and I'll stay here in Laredo, so I got a beehive," said Christopher Cisneros.

The duo takes care of several beehives located at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Center. The mother and son spend a lot of time at the center working, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

"It was a way for us to spend more time together and it's a really interesting thing that we do," said Cecelia Cisneros.

Sometimes, it can be challenging.

"It's fun and great for bonding, but it can get a little annoying. There can be some tension every now and again, but I love it and I wouldn't trade it for anything," said Christopher Cisneros.

Sometimes, that tension can come from the bees too.

"We've come across Africanized hives, so it was kind of, the bees were chasing us," said Cecilia Cisneros.

"After a few hundred stings, you don't really feel it," added Christopher Cisneros.

Another problem they have to overcome: Varroa mites and wax moths. They are parasites that affect honey bees, but Christopher Cisneros said it's just a part of what comes with beekeeping.

Stereotyping is another threat to bees.

"Here in Laredo, there is a misconception that bees are violent; that they're dangerous. So more often than not, the city of Laredo kills them or extinguishes them," said Christopher Cisneros.

That's why he works with his mom to make sure the queen bee of the hive is healthy, so that the hive can survive.

"My mom and I will go and rescue them, switch out the queens, and we'll have a new hive," said Christopher Cisneros.

They have worked on the beehives for only a year. Not only are the mother and son team perfecting their kills of beekeeping, but future plans for a business could be underway.

Some restaurants are interested in the honey the bees are making, so they are making plans to sell it.

By then end of the year, they hope to have 20 to 50 beehives to start their honey business.

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