Students, staff and visitors at the Binghamton University Vestal campus are keeping an eye out for a potential sting operation.

Signs have been posted near the school's Fine Arts Building warning of "bees swarming" in the area.

The signs were put up after a large number of bees were observed outside the building, which is a short distance from the university's parking garage and the administration building.

A university spokesman said there apparently are some flowers in the area that "the bees like." A contractor utilized by the school suggested the bees "would be gone in about a week or so."

It's not clear whether anyone has been stung by the bees since the swarming issue was first reported.

A Binghamton bee and insect control expert said his company was busy with bee-related complaints over the past summer. He said the increased bee activity followed a winter that was warmer than usual. The very dry conditions over the summer also resulted in greater activity.

The operator of the insect control business said the bee activity is declining with this week's cooler weather.

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