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Clark to the rescue when vehicle is BEE-jacked!


A crime first: Pleasanton woman's vehicle bee-jacked

By Sophia Kazmi
Contra Costa Times

PLEASANTON -- Mark Sherrill has dealt with his share of bee calls. But when a customer phoned in two weeks ago to report that several thousand of the insects had "bee-jacked" her vehicle, the Livermore Clark Pest Control supervisor was taken aback.

"We've never heard of a situation like that," he said.bees

The driver had been running errands in downtown Pleasanton when she returned to find bees buzzing around her car. She decided to wait them out, and they seemed to have disappeared when she returned about 2:30 p.m.

The driver hopped in her car, picked up her kids from school, and went about her errands.

As she was dropping off one of her sons, he spotted the bees and tried to tell her, but the driver, who doesn't want to be identified, said she thought he had seen some outside the car and didn't think anything of it.

It wasn't until her other child in the car sounded the "bee" alarm about 4 p.m. that she pulled over at Stoneridge Drive and Hopyard Road. She found the insects tucked into a tight bunch in the hatchback of her car.

The quick-thinking mom spotted a flower shop and went there for help. She then called Clark Pest Control.

The driver said she didn't really panic. "I was more in the mode of 'OK, what do I do with this?' " she said.

She pulled out her phone and took a photo of the situation to send the pest control company because it was hard to describe where the bees were clumped. They had sneaked inside and curled up in the hatchback hinge area.

Sherrill told the driver they didn't have a product to treat the inside of a car. Even if they did, Sherrill said he wanted to try to save the bees because of the insects' role in California's agriculture.

"We really want to do the best we can to protect and harvest bees," said Sherrill, who called a beekeeper, who used a special vacuum to suck them up unharmed before taking them away.

According to information on bee biology from the UC Davis website, bees swarm to expand their population. About half the bees leave their former home and seek a new nest. This phenomenon mostly happens during the spring.

A few worker bees scout for a new home while the rest cluster at a temporary place until a suitable location is found. The bees are not defensive unless provoked because they are not protecting young, which they would be in a hive.

Katie Watkins, operation manager for Performance Pest Management in Pleasanton, said her company has dealt with ground hives and bees found in attics and on roofs. She said they had a recent case in San Leandro where a nest was found underneath a kitchen sink. They have also had a few cases of bees found in cars in the past three to four years, but the numbers were in the hundreds -- nothing like the thousands found in the woman's Porsche.

Contact Sophia Kazmi at 925-847-2122.

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San Diego Pest Control - Officials Remove Large Balboa Park Beehive


Hive Was Home To Honey Bees, Not Africanized Bees


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San Diego Parks and Recreation officials removed a massive beehive from a tree in Balboa Park Wednesday evening.


The hive, which was home to an estimated 2,000 honey bees, hung directly over a pathway used by hundreds of walkers, joggers and bikers every day, according to Park and Recreation officials.


A representative with Agricultural Pest Control told 10News the bees are likely honey bees, not Africanized honey bees. Africanized honey bees attacked a Lemon Grove couple Tuesday and killed an Encinitas man in June.

The representative said the city asked them to remove the Balboa Park hive. Pedestrians have reported the hive to the Parks and Recreation department before but the hive was never removed. A small barrier guarded the area underneath the hive until someone knocked it down. 10News spoke with a Balboa Park Ranger Wednesday and a short time later a bigger barricade was placed around the entire tree. Signs were also posted warning pedestrians about the beehive.


Agricultural Pest Control said removed the hive later Wednesday evening when it was cooler, as bees fly slower when the temperature cools down.


Experts said bees also get very agitated and swarm around anyone nearby when the hive is removed, which is another reason why they removed the hive at night.


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Beekeepers in crisis mode over invasive pests

In crisis mode, Big Island Beekeepers packed the Komohana Research and Extension Center in Hilo this week to discuss the invasive pests threatening their industry.

President Antonie Botes led the discussion on the newly discovered "small hive beetle" which is cause for new alarm in Hawaii hives.

Beekeepers passed around samples of the pests, which have already been found from Panaewa to Hawaiian Acres.

Once inside hives, the SHB, as they are called, tunnels through the honeycomb in search of honey, wax or bee larvae, destroying the hive and contaminating the honey as it does so. Bee colonies are known to abandon the hive when infestations grow heavy.

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Bee Control - Bees Chase Tenant From Apartment


Source: Channel 5

Pest Company Finds Hives In Bedroom Wall, Tenant Says

MESA -- A bee invasion at one Valley apartment complex got so bad, it forced a Mesa tenant to move out.

Yvonne Gaines said her bee problem started on the outside but then those pesky pests made their way in.

"There was like five or six at a time, every time," Gaines said. "They were coming through the vent and coming through the ceiling fan."

Gaines said the noise was unbearable.

"They were fighting to get in from out of the wall," Gaines said.

Gaines said she started complaining almost daily to management. She said when those complaints failed to get results, she took matters into her own hands.

"We bought a fly swatter," she said. "And we started swatting."

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Trying to Diagnose the Disappearing Bees


Rebecca Tolin
The Voice of San Diego
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 00:03 EST

Witness the yellow- and black-striped swarm buzzing around Daren Eiri as he works, and you wouldn't think honeybees are in short supply. Dozens of fuzzy, winged insects blanket a grapefruit-sized glass dish in Eiri's hand one warm afternoon at UCSD's Biology Field Station.

"I used to hate doing this," said Eiri, a University of California, San Diego graduate student, who at the moment is a perch for honeybees occasionally landing to lick sugar from his skin. "When they're feeding I'm pretty sure they're only concerned with food." Eiri puts a squat cup of sweet liquid on top of the plate and sets the feeder inside a wooden tunnel.

But this bee-rich environment is deceptive: Eiri and the James Nieh Bee Lab at UCSD are researching a serious but poorly understood phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Despite the bees flying like popcorn up and down Eiri's carefully constructed passageway, these pollinators are perishing at an unprecedented rate in the United States and the world.

"[Bees] have a finely tuned and actually amazing navigation system," said Nieh, an associate biology professor at UCSD. "When you think about the size of a bee compared to a size of a human, it would be like you were to walk or run somewhere for hundreds of miles and yet be able to go back precisely to your house without any trouble at all."

However, this navigation system appears to have gone haywire in an alarming number of European honeybees. They simply aren't returning to their nests, often leaving the queen, a few infants and a seemingly normal comb of honey. Since 2006, nearly a third of all hives worldwide have come up empty.

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Now this is some serious bug squashing!


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Man stung 200 times after falling on wasp nest

Wasp hordes poised to invade British gardens

 UK Man attacked and stung 200 times after he fell into their nest. The man is expected to recover. Visit the Clark Pest Blog or visit to learn more.
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