Bees swarm Tulsa woman's car

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 6/05/2013 9:43 pm Published: 6/05/2013 10:31 am

The Tulsa Fire Department had to call a beekeeper after a woman drove to a fire station with a swarm of bees on her car.

TFD posted the story on their Facebook page. They say the woman went to Station 28, near 71st and Memorial, on Monday.

Firefighters called a beekeeper for assistance and the estimated 7,000 bees were removed from her car.

David John has been a beekeeper in Tulsa County for five years. He didn't remove the bees from the car but he told FOX23 that the woman did the right thing by contacting professionals for help.

"You should never try to handle a swarm of bees under any circumstance," said John, "Contact a beekeeper and they will assist you to safely handle the situation."

John says that bee swarming season usually happens in April and May. Due to the cooler temperatures he says that the swarming season has extended in June and could last another two weeks.

John says that when a hive gets too crowded the queen bee will take half of the colony to look for a new home. He suspects that is how the bees landed on the womans car.

"They are typically going to land about 100 feet from where their old home is so if the car just happened to be there they could land there," said John.

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