Outdoor Recreation and Bees
Outdoor activities such as hunting, camping hiking and even picnicking can put you at greater risk of unknowingly disturbing a hive of Africanized honey bees.
When participating in outdoor recreational activities, watch for numbers of bees flying around the vicinity and listen for buzzing sounds. If you encounter either, leave the area immediately.
When picking out a picnic site or setting up camp, first scout the area for bees. Never let young children play in an area you have not checked for bees.
Never climb into a hunting blind without checking for bees and beehives first. Watch for bees flying in or out of the blind.
When hiking, listen and watch for bees. Never step on or turn over logs or rocks where bees may be nesting.
When activities take you into outdoor areas where bees may be nesting, have an escape plan.
Potential Bee Nesting Sites in Recreational Areas
- Tree hollows
- Piles of rocks
- Rotted or hollow logs
- Underneath picnic tables
- Park shelters
- Park trash cans
- Stacks of firewood
- Hunting blinds
- Wood duck boxes
- Bird houses
- Wind mills