'Bee' aware: Blooms abuzz with insects

<p>“Bee” aware: It&#39;s springtime in the Arizona deserts. That means that plants are in bloom – and the bees are buzzing.</p><separator></separator><p>But those bees won&#39;t hurt you, unless you threaten them, says Mike Schantel, horticultural specialist and assistant director of grounds.</p><separator></separator><p>“We do get regular complaints about bees,” he says. “Bees are anywhere there are flowers and fruit trees. But they won&#39;t become aggressive unless you get between them and their hive, or you are disturbing them.”</p><separator></separator><p>Schantel says ASU&#39;s Facilities Management personnel will respond immediately to reports of swarms of bees.</p><separator></separator><p>“We&#39;ll remove the hive and seal the hole where the hive was,” he says.</p><separator></separator><p>But there is little they can do about individual bees, except for stripping the campus bare.</p><separator></separator><p>Some people are worried that they will get stung and will have an allergic reaction to the bee sting, and they want the flowers removed.</p><separator></separator><p>“But I can&#39;t justify that, if it&#39;s just individual bees,” he says. “They&#39;re just pollinating the flowers, and I&#39;m hesitant to go after them.”</p><separator></separator><p>The best thing is just to avoid contact with the bees.</p><separator></separator><p>“If you see a bee on a flower, leave it alone and it will leave you alone,” Schantel says. “I&#39;ve pruned flowers with bees on them, and I&#39;ve never been stung. I just move carefully.”</p>