Bee infestation at Southington school

Digger Bee

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – In the town of Southington there are many playgrounds, but at least when it comes to the one in the back of William Strong Elementary School it has a whole community abuzz. Because on the section of land where the play scape sits there is what some may call a bit of a bug problem.

The issue say school officials is a combination between the time of year and the weather. From May to Mid June when the ground is dry insects called digger bees begin to populate the area where there is plenty of dirt for them to nest in.

“They lay their larva so the larva survive the winter in the spring the could hatch and come back,” said Peter Romano, Director of Operations with the Southington school system.

Romano says administrators are working hard to keep parents informed about the bug situation as it develops but that doesn’t mean this spot has been given the all clear.

“The bees that we believe are there are harmless as far as they do not sting but we have a problem like every school district in every town right now with yellow jackets,” said Romano.

Students can still use the playground and no kids have been hurt as a result of either types of bugs. Romano tells News 8 a committee is being formed to come up with a plan on how to deal with their insect issues.

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