Las Cruces fireman Jesse Johnson received national attention this past week for rescuing a large swarm of bees that gathered in a man’s car while he was shopping at a local Albertsons. But this once-in-a-lifetime experience is enough for him.
On March 28, Johnson was asked to help retrieve a swarm of bees that had made their way into a man’s vehicle in the El Paseo Albertsons parking lot while he was shopping. It was not until he started to drive off that he noticed the bees. Las Cruces Fire Department was called, but it was off-duty fireman Johnson who was asked to help.
He arrived with his gear and was able to relocate the swarm to a hive box using a hive kit and lemongrass oil. The box ended up weighing about 3 and a half pounds, which he explained is the weight of a well-established hive when purchasing one from a commercial beekeeper.