When NOT to destroy a feral honey bee colony!

This was forwarded to me this morning.

Woman lights power pole on fire to get rid of beehive

VALLEJO, Calif. (United Press International) — Authorities in California said a 68-year-old woman was taken for a mental evaluation after she allegedly lit a power pole on fire to get rid of a beehive.

A Vallejo Fire Department spokesman said the woman used lighter fluid to ignite the power pole about a block from her Vallejo home. However, he said there were no reports of stings and the flames were quickly extinguished.

Police officers were apprehensive about exiting their vehicles to take the woman into custody.

“She thought they were killer bees,” a police lieutenant said. “The officers didn’t even stop. The bees were everywhere.”

(Since putting this up, have received a note from a beekeeper friend  – see comments -who said that Vallejo was pretty far north in California (” …close to Oakland and San. Francisco area..” and so more likely not Africanized Honey Bees).

2 Responses to When NOT to destroy a feral honey bee colony!

  1. Joe Taylor

    Hey Phil, that is close to Oakland and San. Francisco area. I kinda’ doubt they were killers that far north. I was stationed there at Travis AF Base in the early 70′s. I had a friend from San.Jose that had worked for a beekeeper all through high school. Wish I had that opportunity again. Wasn’t even thinking of beekeeping then. I really could have learn so much.