Bee problems rise during late summer months

Honey bee swarm

POLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Bothered by bees?

If it seems as though more and more of the insects are starting to show up, it is not your imagination. Beekeepers like George Stacy of the Columbiana-Mahoning Beekeepers Association said they have been busy recently answering calls from residents trying to control wasps building nests near their homes, or bees swarming in their neighborhoods.

Stacy said this is the season when honey bees become more territorial around their hives.

“They get more aggressive this time of the year, if you get close to the hive, because they have worked all summer saving up their winter supply of money and they are more apt to protect it now than they were in the spring,” Stacy said.

Stacy uses a long pole with a bucket to catch as many of the bees as he can, dumping them into a box so they can be taken away and placed into other hives.

It is not something people will want to try at home, especially if they don’t have the safety gear to keep from getting stung.

Stacy said wasps, like yellow jackets, also get more aggressive at this time of year, looking for food.

“They are a meat eater, and they like sweets, so you know, people throw a bite of hamburger away or a juice can, pop can, you have to watch drinking out of a can at the fair because those buggers will sneak into that can,” Stacy said.

But there is not much that can be done with yellow jackets and wasps, other than try to use over-the-counter sprays or powders and try to safely kill them or call an expert to get the job done.

And if someone does get stung, Stacy said the best way to remove a stinger is to scrape it off with the edge of a credit card or a knife to keep as much of the bee’s venom from getting into the body as possible.

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