Bee Infestation

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© Spectrum Field Productions, LLC / Matthew Williams

More than ten thousand people visit Billie Swamp Safari every month to get closer to the wildlife of the Everglades. But a swarm of bees have moved into a rental cabin, and the park staff need to move these insects out safely and swiftly.

Bees live in an organized, social group, called a colony. And the typical colony can be home to tens of thousands of bees. Even to healthy, allergy-free adults, five hundred stings can be fatal.

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© Spectrum Field Productions, LLC / Matthew Williams

Each bee has a job to do and when they anticipate danger, bees release a chemical – pheromones – that tell the colony to attack. After alerting the hive, a bee’s natural response is to start stinging.

But how do you eliminate angry, invasive bees? First, the Billie Swamp Safari staff don bee suits to evaluate the size of the hive. Then – they decide to smoke them out. But it’s almost the holiday weekend, so time is of the essence. And the Swamp Men must find and removed the queen from her brood chamber to prevent the colony from repopulating…

Tune in to Swamp Men: Bee Bomb TONIGHT at 10P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild!

Video Preview: The crew at Billie Swamp Safari take on a massive swarm of bees wreaking havoc in the swamp.


  1. deminmartin9
    December 30, 2010, 9:07 am

    Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax.