Off-Duty Firefighter Rescues Man from Swarm of Bees in Car

by Madison Miller

For someone with melissophobia, or the fear of bees, a recent story is an occurrence fit for a nightmare.

A man from New Mexico had gone to the grocery store on March 28. When he left his car, his backseat windows were rolled down. He went shopping, returned to his car, and started to drive away.

Man’s Car Swarmed by Bees

Suddenly, he realized he had about 15,000 unwanted visitors in his backseat. A huge and unruly swarm appeared as an alarming, flying lump in his car. Most people are alarmed by a single bee buzzing around them while in the car, but a swarm is unimaginable. Some car accidents even occur from people panicking due to bugs or other insects in their car.

According to an article from the New York Post, a swarm of bees had entered the man’s car while he was in the grocery store. Luckily an off-duty firefighter was nearby to come to the rescue. He also happens to practice beekeeping. While having bees swarm your car is far from lucky, a beekeeping firefighter at-hand is a small stroke of luck.

Bee Swarm that Invaded Parked Car is Safely Relocated by Off-duty Firefighter An off-duty Las Cruces firefighter used…

Posted by Las Cruces Fire Department on Monday, March 29, 2021

The firefighter is Jesse Johnson. He happened to have the day off. However, he got the call to come in and help with this very tailored-to-him rescue mission. It took him two hours, a full safety suit, a hive kit, lemongrass oil, and patience to get the bees from the car. Johnson then relocated the bees to his home.

The man who owns the car didn’t get stung once, which is another stroke of luck. The only person with a sting happened to be a store security guard. Now both the man and the bees are safe and secure.

Bees and Butterfly Shortage

For environmental advocates, the fact that Johnson didn’t kill the bees and instead took them to his bee sanctuary was good news.

The quest to “Save the Bees” has been a major environmental focus for a couple of years now. Bees play a critical role in the ecosystem. For the past decade factors like pollution, climate change, and habitat loss have led to a dramatic decrease in the bee population.

Bees are major pollinators and without them, humans would lose major food groups like fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

According to Forbes, in 2020 western monarch butterflies hit a low of 1,914. Bee populations have declined 52%.

John Jordan, the CEO of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, partnered with Pollinator Partnership in order to protect these populations. He is working to turn acres of non-native grassland into a safe haven for pollinators. It will be the largest dedicated pollinator nationwide.

“We are all just visiting this planet and it is up to each of us to do our part to make it a better place. It is also really fun to do these projects and share them with our visitors,” Jordan said to Forbes.