20,000 bees removed from local school playground

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Bee experts spent the day at a local elementary school removing roughly 20,000 bees from the school's playground.

Swarming bees interrupted Kennett South Elementary's recess today as Delta Bee Company came out to remove them and secure the area.

According to Neal Burgman, the owner of Delta Bee Company, the area is prone to bees, especially this time of year.

"Coming up on April we normally start to see a lot more swarms randomly, rather they come from old houses or old trees," Burgman said. "You'll see a big cloud of bees just swarming all over. It's by the school house and the park where there are a lot of old trees."

A Kennett resident recently spotted a swarm of bees at the city park that sits directly behind the school.

Burgman said in that swarm, there were around 20,000 to 30,000 bees.

Although Burgman said these bees aren't killer bees, they can be dangerous. He recommends parents to be mindful of the bees when their children are playing in these areas.

"When the public's involved, your time is limited on removing them for safety," Burgman said. "In some situations, some kids like to throw rocks at them, don't throw rocks at them, just keep your distance and leave them alone."

If they are left alone, Burgman said bees are usually friendly. He also said because of the mild winter, he expects several swarms of bees to be out, possibly earlier in the year.

Anyone in Kennett who finds a swarm of bees should immediately contact city hall at (573) 888-9001.

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