The Dunwoody Nature Center has several pollinator protection initiatives to help protect our local bees and inspire the love of nature in our community.
BEEKEEPING PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Always attend hive inspections wearing loose-fitting, light-colored pants; long socks (not wool!); sturdy, close-toed shoes; and a long sleeve top. Thicker materials are best, and everything should be light-colored/khaki.
Bees are attracted to different materials, especially wool, so never wear wool socks to a hive inspection! They are also more likely to sting you if you are wearing dark or tight-fitting clothes.
If you notice a big pile of bees sitting on a tree branch, your outdoor furniture, or your child’s playset, congratulations! You have found a swarm! Swarming bees are looking for a new place to call home. This happens when a colony gets too large for its hive. These bees are generally gentle and well-behaved.
Occasionally bees will build a hive in your home’s siding, garage, or somewhere else inconvenient! While this can be frustrating and sometimes scary, it is NOT a reason to call an exterminator.