Farmer resorts to 'guard bees' to protect property


Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 12:27 PM

HOUSTON—Sometimes guard dogs just aren’t good enough, so a local farmer is trying something a little different: bees.

Jennifer Scott is what’s known as a bee wrangler.  She says wrangling is the gathering of bees without injuring them, and relocating entire colonies to places where they’re actually wanted.

Scott extracts about two bee hives each and every day. Some she sells, some she keeps for herself, and somewhere along the way, she discovered they’re good for more than just making honey.

Organic vegetable farmer Gus Nawara calls it his own version of a 401k.

“I saved all of this old equipment and I didn’t scrap it right away,” he said. “This a way, when times got tough like they have recently, I could scrap out some of it.”

But a few years ago, thieves started raiding his valuable, if somewhat rusty, savings account. It seems the farm’s dogs just weren’t pulling their weight.

“They got too friendly,” he said. “Well, we’re going to resort to bees.”

So he turned to Scott for the “guard bees.”

“I told her that any mean bees she’s got, to bring them out here,” he said.

That is something he learned the hard way while mowing grass.

“I had 57 stings,” he said.

Now that difficult lesson awaits thieves.

“The movement of the metal, the bees will detect that and it agitates them, so they’re going to come out, and may be the guy will run or he’s going to get stung,” Nawara said.