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Bee Safety In Acadiana

As flowers start to bloom again, Beekeepers are receiving numerous calls about beehives around residents' homes.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 6:15 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2021 6:20 PM

In the springtime bees are present more than ever but what do you do if one flies up to you or makes a hive in your home?

If a bee comes up to you, the instinct may be to swat it away but beekeepers around Acadiana say being calm around bees is actually the safest way to not get stung.

“Don't swat at the bees, if you swat at the bees, bees are going to become aggressive” Richard Makalf Said.

As flowers start to bloom again, Beekeepers are receiving numerous calls about beehives around residents' homes.

“If you see a big ball of bees in a tree doesn't throw anything at them. Don't disturb them, call a beekeeper, there are literally hundreds of beekeeping that will gladly come out to that tree and capture those bees for free.” Richard Makalf Said.

Beekeeper Richard Makalf says after they expose the bees, the next step in the situation is vacuuming them into a modified cage so they're not harmed.

“Don't try to spray them with any kind of poisons. It creates more problems for them and for you because if a bee is dying and they're covered with poison they have nothing to live for, they will become aggressive and try to sting.” Richard Makalf Said.

“if it stings you it dies” Christie Maloyed Said

Beekeeper, Christie Maloyed says a bee's natural instinct is to try and save its own life.

“It wants to actually try to avoid that if at all possible. They don't necessarily want to attack you. The calmer you can be, the calmer they will be.” Christie Maloyed Said

Now another safety tip is to not put soapy water on bees. Makalf says instead just call a beekeeper to help you out.

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