This was the case at the Indy 500 on May 30, 2023, when a huge swarm of bees invaded the stands and distracted some race fans. Fortunately, no one was harmed and the bees were safely relocated by a local beekeeper Ross Harding. Bees are essential pollinators that help our crops and flowers grow. But sometimes, they can also cause a nuisance or even a danger when they swarm in large numbers.
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But what if you encounter a swarm of bees in or around your house? How can you make sure they don’t harm you or your family, and also protect them from harm? Here are some tips to follow:
Swarming bees are usually not aggressive, unless they feel threatened. They are just looking for a new home and will likely move on soon. Stay calm and keep a safe distance from the swarm and refraining from sudden movements or loud noises will prevent provoking them.
Swatting at bees can provoke them to sting you or others. If a bee lands on you, gently brush it off or wait for it to fly away. If you are allergic to bee stings, carry an epinephrine auto-injector with you and seek medical attention if you get stung.
Contact a beekeeper.
The best way to deal with a swarm of bees is to call a professional beekeeper who can safely remove and relocate them. You can find a list of beekeepers in your area on the Beekeepers of Indiana website. They usually don’t charge a fee for an outdoor rescue, but they may charge for an indoor one.
Make your house unattractive to bees.
To prevent bees from nesting in or near your house, seal any cracks or holes in your walls, roof, or foundation. Remove any clutter or debris that could provide shelter for bees. Avoid planting flowers that attract bees near your doors or windows. Keep your trash cans covered and clean. By following these steps, you can make your house safe for both you and the bees. Remember, bees are our friends and we should respect them and their role in nature. Let’s make our homes bee-friendly, nurturing a harmonious coexistence with these important pollinators.🐝