ODESSA, Texas (ABC Big 2/ FOX 24) – A scary video captured by a local homeowner shows a swarm of bees surrounding their home along Antelope Ave. in Odessa.
Tim Cleaverton, Owner of Bee Busters, has been removing bees in the Permian Basin for the last 17 years. Cleaverton expects a busy bee season.
“Bees swarm for two reasons. They are either forced out due to construction parasites or disease or they are swarming voluntarily which is what we are seeing this time of year,” Cleaverton said. ” We are generally getting up to half a dozen calls a day during the peak.”
Odessa Fire Rescue said when bees usually swarm that means they are disturbed. OFR is urging the public to use caution when encountering bees.
” One of the biggest things is to just stay away from them,” said Cpt. Marc Brown. ” The more you agitate them and stir them up the more you stand the chance of getting stung and bees are one of the biggest things people have an allergic reaction to.”
But if you are caught in a swarm, the best thing to do is to try to get away.
” Just get into some sort of protection whether a house or vehicle and just try to get away from them,” Cleaverton said.
While OFR only responds to about 12 calls a year depending on how big the swarms are, it still wants the public who to call when dealing with bees.
“Just call us or call the bee keepers it better to be safe than sorry,” Brown said.