ANDERSON TWP., Ohio (FOX19) – A car was returned to Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Anderson Township on Monday with a swarm of bees inside.
It’s not uncommon in beekeeping circles – a similar story in New Mexico caused a stir a few weeks ago.
Michael Reed, a bee expert and co-owner of Save Your Bees, says that’s exactly the sort of thing happening now, during what he calls “swarming season.”
Reed says that last week, Save Your Bees saved four beehives like Monday’s.
âIt’s just as far as they can fly and then they stop and rest,â Reed told FO19 NOW.
Normally, this rest occurs in trees, Reed says. But sometimes – not so often, mind you – the perfect place is the back of a car.
Reed says this potentially makes things easier for bee pickers like him.
âThey are there,â he said. âThey are right in front of you. You can just pick them up and put them in the box. You don’t have to try to dig them out of a tree branch or anything like that.
The process of moving bees to a safe area begins with the queen, according to aspiring beekeeper Noah Lange.
âYou have to find the queen, then as soon as you find her, the bees will practically go into the box,â Lange said.
So what should you do if you find a bath like this?
âA lot of people don’t know who to call, do they? Patty Reed, co-owner of Save Your Bees, said. âThey’ll probably call the fire department.
That’s why Save Your Bees got in touch with local first responders to let them know they can redirect those calls to them, so they can safely delete them without anyone getting stung.
“I’ll bring them here,” Reed said. âI’ll take care of them. Make sure they’re okay, then we’ll welcome them somewhere here in Anderson Township.
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