Bees on the move

The honey bee may be Louisiana’s state insect, but still—some people don’t like seeing a swarm near their home.

Daniel Day is one of 19 sources listed on the LSU AgCenter website as a contact for bee/wasp removals and swarm captures in Southwest Louisiana. From now until the end of May is his busy season, he said Monday. Day is currently averaging about three phone calls a day from people wanting him to remove bee swarms from their property.

Swarms happen when a group of honey bees moves from a hive to establish another hive. When a bee colony outgrows its home or becomes too congested or populated, worker bees signal that it is time to swarm. Swarms are usually seen clustered in a ball, hanging from a branch or structure.

Day said that bee scouts will go out from the swarm cluster and find suitable places to establish a hive. They  then return to the swarm and share this information with the others. Bee swarms usually find a home within a day or two and the bees will leave on their own.

After swarming season ends, the nature of the calls Day receives generally change.

“That’s when people call up and ask, ‘Can you get them out of my house?’” he said.

That’s because the bees sometimes select a spot to relocate where people don’t want them.

There are not too many places from which Day has not been asked to remove bees. His listing on the LSU AgCenter website reads, “Homes, barns, outhouses, electrical boxes, under trailers, you name it. I establish all bees removed into hive boxes so that they can continue what God intended them to do.”

“Sometimes I have to remove siding or sheetrock to get to them,” he said.

Day uses a special bee vacuum to suck up the bees so they can be relocated.

“If we used a regular Shop- Vac, it would kill them,” he said. “It’s too powerful.”

The bee vacuum provides a gentle suction that does not harm the bees.

Local News

Port Wonder Progress: Target date for opening is mid-September

life

Fort Johnson security guard helps save neighbor’s home

Business

‘Streamlined, flexible, transparent’ ITEP process is in the works

Crime

Widow of Beau Biden tells jurors in Hunter Biden’s gun trial that she threw firearm in a trash can

McNeese Sports

Wade talks about roster

Local News

Bicyclist fatally struck near Broad Street

life

Area property owners encouraged to submit storm damage online

Local News

Only way to go is up: Kennedy says Cowgirls headed in right direction

Crime

6/6: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Jim Gazzolo

Jim Gazzolo column: SFA will find new Southland

life

‘Special Assessment Freeze’ available for seniors, disabled veterans, citizens

McNeese Sports

Summer brings hope for Cowboys

Local News

McNeese online nursing program ranked in top 5 for affordability

Local News

Return to Normandy: 60 American veterans to be feted in France as part of 80th anniversary of D-Day

Business News

Jeff Davis Parish School Board hosts job fair

Local News

First legislative session was mixed bag for Landry

Local News

Cassidy among leaders marking D-Day anniversary in France

Crime

6/4: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

New Orleans plans to spiff up as host of next year’s Super Bowl

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Disappointing session is over

Crime

State Police investigating officer-involved shooting on I-10

Local News

Rousse: Expect more specialized degrees at McNeese, fewer general studies offerings

Local News

McNeese Rodeo Team going to the College National Finals Rodeo 

life

Lake Area Beekeepers Club to present program at the Sulphur Library