Huge bee swarms spotted around the Valley

FRESNO, Calif.

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A huge swarm of bees is gathering at Alta Sierra Intermediate in Clovis, and thankfully the school is on spring break. Fresno Fire Department says since its spring we're may see more swarms and hives pop up around the Valley.

The bees have Action News viewers buzzing online. Several pictures were posted to the ABC30 Facebook page Sunday. Some viewers said the pictures were "crazy" to look at.

Capt. Lawrence French with the /*Fresno Fire Department*/ said, "They're not an aggressive type of insect, they're going to do their own thing and leave you alone as long as you leave them alone."

French said hives or swarms are usually harmless, although they may look intimidating. "I think like any animal or bug or insect, the best course of action is to steer clear of them."

Captain French also says the Fire Department will respond in an emergency -- like if someone with a bee allergy is stung -- but for the most part, when bees are on private property, it's best to call a bee handler rather than get near the swarm.

If you come across a hive or swarm on private property the property owner will have to take care of it, but if it's public property you can notify city officials.

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