Keep eyes open for bees in the spring
by Kevin Pearson
Jun 20, 2013 | 697 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A swarm of bees was recently found downtown on the Greenstrip causing the area to be barricaded after several people were stung.

Wayne Vick, a local beekeeper, was called to remove the swarm from the tree where they were located.

Using a ladder, a five-gallon bucket, and a bee suit, Vick gently transferred the bees to a cardboard box, which had been fashioned into a makeshift “bee catch box.”

Due to the fact that bees are less active at night, the box and bees were left until nightfall before moving them was attempted.

Vick returned that night and transferred the swarm of bees safely to his house to live among his other bees and hives.

According to Vick, this is the swarming season for bees.

In the spring, bees hatch new queens, but more than one queen cannot cohabitate in the same hive.

The new queens will fight and the strongest will kill the other new queens.

The strongest of the new queens will then fly high enough to make sure that the strongest of the male bees will be the ones to keep up and mate with her.

After this happens, half of the bees and one queen will swarm and leave the hive in order to find a suitable place to build a new beehive.

If the bees are disturbed and one bee decides to sting, the others will follow and sting as well because of a pheromone that is secreted by the stinging bee.

Although each bee dies after it stings, this still has the potential of being very dangerous, especially to those allergic to bee stings.

“If you see a swarm, don’t go up there and try and mess with it unless you know what you’re doing,” Vick said.

Bees will only sting when bothered.

If you leave them alone and do not swat at the bees, your chances of being stung are greatly decreased.

“A lot of times you don’t even know when a swarm is around,” Vick said.

“Just be cautious of when you see several bees flying around you that it may be a swarm.

A lot of times you just see a bee fly by, but if you see them going back and forth and it’s a lot of them, you’ve usually got a swarm.

If you’ll look you’ll see them and you need to steer clear of it because if you don’t it can be dangerous.”