Bee problem in Kettering under control


KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A bee problem in Kettering is now under control after 2 NEWS made calls to the city on your behalf.

We got a call from a viewer complaining bees were at Van Buren Park, hundreds of them. When we arrived, that’s exactly what we found.

Swarms of bees in the hundreds surrounding a single sandbox in the park. Parents I spoke with–like Erica Jernigan says she frequents the park often and is worried about her 1-year-old getting stung.

“I think this is crazy,” Jernigan said. “I think the city needs to come out here and take care of it. I would not let my child over here. I never let him play in the sandbox.”

I reached out to the city myself to see if they were aware of the problem. Officials told me they hadn’t received a single call about it. After we spoke, a city crew was sent to the park to take care of it. Now, this is the scene.

Caution tape roping off the sandbox. Officials also sprayed bee killer in the sand. A maintenance staff member I spoke with says the bees were likely laying eggs in the sand.

Now, only a few bees remain along with a sign warning of the dangers. Officials tell me they’ll check on site routinely to make sure no more bees return.

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