ANDERSON TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - A car was returned to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Anderson Township Monday with a swarm of bees inside it.
It’s not unheard of in bee circles — a similar story out of New Mexico got national buzz weeks ago.
Michael Reed, a bee expert and co-owner of Save Your Bees, says this is just the sort of thing that happens now, during what he terms “swarming season.”
Reed says in the last week, Save Your Bees has rescued four hives just like Monday’s.
“It’s just as far as they can fly, and then they stop and take a rest,” Reed told FO19 NOW.
Normally that rest happens in trees, Reed says. But sometimes — not that often, mind you — the sweet spot is the back of a car.
Reed says it potentially makes things easier on bee retrievers like himself.
“They’re right there,” he said. “They’re right in front of you. You can just scoop them up and put them in the box. You don’t have to try and dig them out of a tree branch or anything like that.”
The process of moving the bees to a safe area starts with the queen, according to aspiring beekeeper Noah Lange.
“You need to find the queen, and then, as soon as you find the queen, the bees will pretty much march into the box,” Lange said.
So, what should you do if you find a swam like that?
“A lot of people don’t know who to call, right?” Patty Reed, co-owner of Save Your Bees, said. “They’re probably going to call the fire department.”
That’s why Save Your Bees has connected with local first responders to let them know they can refer those calls to them, so they can safely remove them without people getting stung.
“I’ll bring them here,” Reed said. “I’ll treat them. Make sure they’re ok, and then we’ll foster them here in Anderson Township somewhere.”
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