Bees infest a Monroe daycare, venom sent for medical research

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - He can float like a butterfly, but Melvin Tatum Sr., the co-owner, said he can't sting like a bee.

"I know I'm a bee fighter, and I found out I can't fight this fight," Tatum said.

He found that out last year after the place caught fire when someone tried to kill the bees with charcoal.

This year, they're buzzing right back.

"I guess they thought we weren't at home so they can take over," Tatum said.

So, he called in some help.

The workers said folks should never try to kill the insects to get rid of them. Instead, preserve them.

"Without the pollination, the crops won't make it," Mike Hilburn, a beekeeper helping to remove the bees, said.

Hilburn along with Abraham Lincoln,a local farmer, are preserving the bees' honey and venom.

The honey will be sold in the local area, and venom from the bees will be used for cancer and HIV research.

They said honey is already being used for treatment.

Tatum said if he ever find bees buzzing around again he'll call a helping hand so his doesn't get stung.

"Don' try to fight them by yourself," Tatum said.

The daycare is no longer open. Tatum said it's down sizing the business and plans to sell this building after the bees are gone.

If you need some bee busters these guys will help:

Abraham Lincoln, owner of Louisiana Pecan Shelling Company
(318) 345-0077

Mike Hilburn, owner of Farmer Boy Honey
(318) 680-3397