Posted: August 29, 2018

Big Apple bees: Swarm of bees take over NYC hot dog stand

This photo provided by Elizabeth Yannone shows a section of a street in Times Square, cordoned off after being swarmed by bees in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. The swarm of bees caused a brief commotion in Times Square after they made their home atop a hot dog stand. The New York Police Department's beekeepers unit responded to the scene and safely removed the bees.
Elizabeth Yannone via AP
This photo provided by Elizabeth Yannone shows a section of a street in Times Square, cordoned off after being swarmed by bees in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. The swarm of bees caused a brief commotion in Times Square after they made their home atop a hot dog stand. The New York Police Department's beekeepers unit responded to the scene and safely removed the bees.

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Bees in New York City were looking for a new home and swarmed a hot dog cart in the heart of Times Square looking for the buzz-worthy location.

More than 40,000 bees, in what is known as an absconded hive, were looking for shelter during Tuesday’s oppressive heat, Officer Darren Mays with the NYPD told CNN.

Mays is one of two official beekeepers on the police department. 

“The hive got overcrowded because it was hot and humid and they just needed a new place to go so they can keep cool,” Mays told CNN.

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After the other department beekeeper, Officer Michael Lauriano, arrived in full safety gear, he vacuumed up the bees. About 25,000 were relocated away from the Manhattan location, USAToday reported.

But why does the NYPD have not one, but two beekeeping officers on the force? 

The NYPD’s public information officer, Detective Hubert Reyes, told CNN, “You gotta be ready for everything, right?”

>>Read: ‘Bee Man’ goes viral after finding massive hornet nest in Chevy El Camino

According to the New York Times, there are beehives on the tops of buildings just a block away from where the swarm, well, swarmed. 

But The New York City Beekeeper’s Association knows who the beekeepers in the city are, those who have set up hives are required to register them, The New York Times reported

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‘Bee Man’ goes viral after finding massive hornet nest in Chevy El Camino

“Yellowjackets on steroids” is what the European hornet is called by insect experts at the Ohio State University, and one man who calls himself the “Bee Man” had his hands full with the stingers.

A colony of European hornets set up housekeeping in an old Chevy El Camino in the Youngstown, Ohio, area, WOIO reported.

Travis Watson recorded himself trying to remove the massive hornets’ nest from the driver’s seat of the classic car, WFMJ reported

He posted the video to his Facebook page Sunday where it has already received more than 130,000 views.

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Watson said that the European hornet, which he said can grow to nearly two inches long, is not common to the Alliance, Ohio, area, WFMJ reported.

It wasn’t his first time battling the insects but it isn’t common. They are, however, increasing in population, WFMJ reported.

Watson used a blend of pesticides to get rid of the hornets and removed the nest. At one point he said he’d need a bigger bag to contain the remnants of the hornets’ nest. He told WFMJ that he normally just throws away a nest unless the client wants to keep it. 

Watson said he doesn't kill honey bees and normally relocates them. But the hornets were a different matter.

European hornets do not pollinate like honey bees and they feed their young other insects and even other yellowjackets. They also damage trees to gather bark for their nests, WFMJ reported.

The sting is also painful, Watson told WFMJ

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