Kokua Line

By Hildegaard Verploegen

Tuesday, August 27, 1996

What to do if the bees come
calling at your home

Question: What do I do with a swarm of bees that seems to be trying to settle under an eave of our house?

We've only lived in this house a month so I don't know what to do.

Answer: Hot summer weather affects the behavior of bees, beekeepers say. When the hives get hot and congested, some bees move to find a new home. When the weather gets cool in the months from October to March, little swarming is seen.

While the bees are swarming there's little anyone can do, said Norman Sato, an inspector in the vector control branch of the state Department of Health.

People have to wait until the bees cool and settle down in one spot. They'll form an oblong or round ball.

Call vector control, 831-6767, with details of your situation.

If you live near a school, or there is some sort of public health problem from the bees, vector control will take control of the bees. Someone can be sent out to check the situation.

If the bees aren't causing a public health problem, you'll be given names of beekeepers in your area who may collect the bees, or you may consult a pest control company.


"I have been suffering with severe rheumatoid arthritis for nine years and it has been very difficult. I have been using my Handi-Van pass for TheBus and sit close to the front for easier access getting on and off.

"At first glance, no one notices my deformed hands and slow walking. I have had elderly people ask me to move off my seat for them in a crowded bus. They stare at me when I say I cannot stand. I have bruised my elbow joints holding on in a crowded bus. Bus drivers have never asked anyone to give up a seat for me, and I don't expect it because it is my risk when I enter a bus.

"At about 1:50 p.m. Aug. 7, I entered Bus 645 in front of the IBM building. I was anxious to get home; one bus had already passed me by because it was full.

I had never before seen the driver of Bus 645, but he did not move that bus until I had positioned myself in the middle of the front section. I didn't notice this until he asked me how far I was going. Then he asked a young boy to give me his seat in the front.

Everyone stared at me, wondering why this driver was going out of his way to get me a seat.

"I want people to know how grateful I am to this driver. I am sure that I was not the first person he has shown concern for and I think he should be recognized. In this day and age, it is so refreshing to know that there still are bus drivers who take their jobs seriously and have the aloha spirit." - Mary Warren. (Editor's note: TheBus driver is Peter P. Laskarakis.)

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