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Jul 14, 2013 12:30 AM by Alex Labat

Acadiana Beekeeper and His Sting Operation

On Friday, hundreds of bees were seen and heard swarming in a front yard in Crowley.
But today...nothing. The bees deciding to move on to find a new home for their queen.
Now not everyone's so lucky that their bees just up and fly away, so that's when they call in the experts like local beekeeper Brian Gotreaux to step in and take care of the hive.
The beekeeper and owner of "Gotreaux Family Farms" says the Louisiana state insect normally moves on after one to two days of swarming, but says the bees should be removed before it's too late.
"Some people have told me they've enjoyed watching the bees going in and out of that little hole in the house, but what they don't realize is they're propagating in there, they're laying eggs, they're multiplying, in six months there's going to be 5,000 bees in that house making honey in the walls", says Gotreaux.
He acts as an "anti-exterminator".
For a fee, he'll take the bees and place them on his farm, and giving them a new life.
Gotreaux says, "We can go out and collect the bees, save the queen, bring them back to the farm where we can put them in working homes where they can be a benefit to humanity with the purpose of providing honey and pollination for future foods."
Gotreaux says without the bees, his farm as well as the state, and the entire country, wouldn't be the same.
"We probably get about a 30% yield increase in our vegetable fields due to the bees", says Gotreaux.
The LSU AG Center has a list of bee removal resources which can be found by clicking here.


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