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Bossier City Fire Department

Planning For Honey Bee Nuisance Calls And Emergencies

Developed By The Louisiana Beekeepers Association With The Cooperation Of Dr.Dale Pollet, Cooperative Extension Service LSU AgCenter, Department of Entomology, Mr. Jimmy Dunkley, State Apiary Inspector, Louisiana Department Of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Bob Danka, USDA Honeybee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Laboratory, Baton Rouge And The Bossier City Fire Department.

Purpose

To help officials determine a plan of action regarding Honey Bees

Goals

  • Define Honey Bee Emergency and Nuisance Calls
  • Locate local agencies that may be able to assist with nuisance and emergency calls.
  • Determine what agencies can be of assistance and list numbers.
  • Discuss how to handle bee calls.
  • Importance of establishing written guidelines for there respective areas.

Honey bees

  • Are social insects
  • In Louisiana honey production is over 2 million dollars a year. This does not include wax production or the pollination rewards towards other agriculture products that are over $400,000,000 annually.
  • Play a key role in the human and natural world.
  • Domestic bees are kept in hives usually painted a white or light color, are somewhat rectangular, and can be a single box or several boxes stacked on top of each other.

What Are Killer Bees?

  • Originated in Africa
  • Imported To Brazil
  • Accidentally Released In 1957
  • Much More Defensive Of Their colony
  • Reached Texas In 1990
  • Reached Louisiana In 2005
  • Potential Range Is Southern U.S. Depending On Temperature and Rainfall

Bees Comparison

Honey Bee Africanized Bee

AHB Progression In The U.S

Supplement For Law Enforcement

  • Bees are sometimes transported inside and outside of the state.
  • Most of the time in large loads on trucks, trailers and18 wheelers.
  • They are usually covered by nets that are not always 100% effective.
  • During hot or warm weather if a truck is stopped bees can become overheated and die.
  • If truck is stopped and bees are getting through the net, they will continue to do this until the truck begins to move.
  • This could endanger the officer or public causing a stinging incident or panic.

Suggestions For Law Enforcement

  • Be careful when pulling these vehicles over
  • If possible wait until vehicle is in an isolated area.
  • If citation is to be issued it should be done in an expedient manner.

Implementing Guidelines

  • The Cooperative Extension Agents of each parish could approach the Police Jury in setting up guidelines through The Board of Directors of 911, Sheriff Offices and local governments.
  • Then each respective jurisdiction should write and implement a basic guideline for bee emergency and nuisance calls in their area.

A list is available at:

www.LSUAgCenter.com
www.Labeekeepers.org

 
 
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Other Flying Stinging Insects

The Honey Bee may be mistaken for other insects when someone has been stung. These are a few:

Wasp
Red Wasp

Yellow Jacket

Mud Dauber Bubble Bee

Horse Fly
Yellow Fly
 

Wasp Nest
Nornet Nets
 

 

 
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Contact Us

Bossier City Fire Department
620 Benton Rd.
P.O. Box 5337
Bossier City, LA 71171
Phone: 318-741-8700

Brad Zagone, Fire Chief

For Emergencies call 9-1-1