BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Some homeowners in Scotlandville are buzzing about their new neighbors; they don't like what they see. One man says their reputation will ruin the neighborhood and he is in the process of finding someone to force them out.
"I'm definitely scared of them," said Arthur Ransom.
Ransom says a few years ago, not many people could find the street he lives on. But some new neighbors are attracting a lot of attention.
"I started seeing a lot of bees swarming over towards the way," Ransom said. He spotted the bees while cutting his grass earlier this week. He says the amount of bees that are hanging on to a fence in a vacant lot has grown in size. With children playing nearby, he's worried that some little ones may get curious. It's something he's seen happen before.
"One kid got hurt - well he got stung about a year and a half ago," he said. Ransom says the little boy was playing with a bee hive that neighbors told him to leave alone. "The bees ran him almost a block. He was scared to come back home. Got stuck seven or eight times."
Andrew Adams, 24, is a local beekeeper. He became interested in bees at age 12 and has been working with them ever since. He says he's seen bees on tree limbs and spread across the ground before. But seeing them on a fence is not the norm.
Adams says he often gets calls about large groups of bees moving into populated areas, which is common this time of the year.
"Right at the beginning of spring… It's all the flowers that are coming out. Nectar and pollen is really available this time of year, time of reproduction for them," Adams said.
He says what's happening is called a swarm. The bees are looking for a permanent home. He says while the majority are staying put, some of the worker bees can travel a three mile radius searching for a place for the colony to live. Right now, he says, the bees are gentle. But once they locate a new home, they will likely be more protective of their colony.
But for Ransom, who lives just doors down from the bees - he wants them to become homeowners somewhere else.
"I wouldn't want to get stung by not one."
Adams says the bees are likely to move and they could find their permanent home in a week's time. In the meantime, he suggests if anyone comes across a swarm of bees they should call a professional to have them removed.
You can find a list of beekeepers on the LSU AgCenter website: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/environment/insects/bees_wasps/Honeybee+Removal+and+swarm+collection.htm