Beekeepers: Don't be scared of bees

One thing the beekeeper said is that if you do see a swarm of bees to not spray them with any sort of chemical. (April 3, 2017)

Beekeepers say don't be scared of bees sort of.
 
Christian Coulon manages 25 to 30 hosts throughout the city of Davis. Each host has a bee hive filled with thousands of bees up to 60,000 bees.
 
He told us if we do see a swarm of bees to not spray them with any sort of chemical. Most of the time he says they're always almost gentle. 
 
Coulon said bees down south are more aggressive because of selective pressure where there are a lot of predators. A swarm of aggressive bees is being blamed for the death of a dog, the injury of others and the temporary shelter-in-place of a neighborhood in Ceres.
 
"It's because anytime you have a population of bees in a place where there are a lot of predators there's a lot of selective pressure so the ones that are aggressive survive and the ones who aren't don't," said Coulon.
 
However, Coulon claims that the bees he manages are gentle. He notices their reaction when capturing a swarm and also when approaching their hive.
 
ABC10 got close to them and even pet one. We didn't get stung, but he doesn't recommend people doing that on their own.
 
If you become surrounded by bees, Colon recommends staying calm, hold your breath, move slowly, and cover your face and neck.
 
He's part of a project called Circle of Bees, which is trying to provide permanent homes for city honeybees which would prevent colonies from moving into city walls, ceilings, and neighborhood chimneys.
 

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