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How to Bee-Safe

  • Attacks by swarms of aggressive bees can be minimized by following a few tips provided by the Mesa Fire Department.
  • Stay indoors.  
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Do not attempt to move bees (don't throw objects at the swarm or squirt with water).
    Typically swarms are transient - they may set up temporary shelter in a tree for a few hours or even days before moving on. 
  • Swarms close to daycare centers, schools, or densely populated areas (large apartment complexes or trailer parks) may need to be removed if they do not leave the area in a reasonable amount of time or are showing aggressive behavior.  
  • If a beekeeper or exterminator is contacted for bees on a private residence or business, the owner/occupant assumes financial responsibility for said services.  
  • Killing non-Africanized swarms only strengthens the Africanized population. Non-aggressive bees are essential in nature.
  • Source: Mesa Fire Department

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