8,000 swarming honey bees rescued from the World Trade Center

This issue was more sticky than sweet.

Police were called to a humming scene in Lower Manhattan on Saturday night when a gang of bees settled on the side of a skyscraper.

“There was quite a bit of activity at 3 World Trade Center last night as 8,000 honey bees swarmed the side of the building,” he said NYPD tweeted On Sunday. “Thankfully, a quick response from @NYPDBees resulted in the safe capture of our flying friends, who were relocated to an apple orchard without incident.”

Accompanying photos of the well-pollinated situation show part of the ground floor of the 80-story building so densely covered with bees that the underlying material is not visible.

The insect invasion just blocks from Freedom Tower wasn’t the first the NYPD’s bee department has had to deal with this year: Earlier this month, about 20,000 bees had to be removed from a low-hanging tree branch in Queens, PIX11 reported. Also this month a separate swarm of 15,000 bees needed treatment elsewhere on the outskirts.

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Special vacuum cleaners are used to remove the bees without harming them.
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The NYPD has its own apiary.
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NYPD Beekeeping Officer Darren Mays previously told the outlet that the police use a special vacuum that doesn’t harm the bees in such situations. Mays found that the reason for the swarm of bees is often because her hive is overcrowded.

In recent years, the NYPD’s beekeeping division’s indictments haven’t been the only things that have grabbed the headlines. Detective Robert Travis, 39, made headlines in the Post in September for his single status and brave, viral removal of a huge swarm of honey bees near Times Square.

“I just got myself and my dog,” Travis said of his marital status in an interview with The Post at the time.

“I’m fascinated by them, just how they work,” he said of his feelings about working with bees, both at work and off the clock, where he keeps about 40,000 bees for his personal enjoyment. “They can all coordinate to form a large task.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/31/8000-swarming-honeybees-rescued-from-world-trade-center/ 8,000 swarming honey bees rescued from the World Trade Center

JACLYN DIAZ

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