Rehoming the Bees
Lee Cross is a contractor for one of Walmart’s wildlife vendor partners, A Wildlife Pro, who has a pretty cool job. He helps to humanely remove bees, among other animals, from stores.
“Humanely handling bees really means that you’re not just out there spraying them with insecticides,” Lee says. “A lot of major companies would just have them killed, and that’s not the way it should go with bees. They’re so important to our creation, to food and to diversity in ecosystems at large.”
Lee says that he likes removing bees from Walmart stores because of what it means for the communities the stores are based in.
“Getting them rehomed is one of our big things, once we do a bee job, and these beekeepers appreciate us bringing bees to them,” Lee explains. “They raise ‘em and make the honey and use that to sell at farmers markets, do education, things like that.”
As the weather warms, and spring comes calling, associates at stores and clubs around the country have the chance to turn small actions into big change.
Next time you see a bee in your store, think about what it means for the food you eat and the plants that grow in your garden. Instead of exterminating the bee, think about calling someone like Lee. Or maybe, just ask yourself what Debbie would do.
“Sometimes you just gotta think outside the box,” Debbie says. “I may have planted the seeds, but together, we can grow this into a tree. Every day I come into the store, and I know our associates appreciate what we’re doing, working to save some bees.”