Honey Bee Swarm Found Living In Store Wall - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Honey Bee Swarm Found Living In Store Wall

Posted: Updated:
BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. -

The world honey bee population is down dramatically and somewhat mysteriously recent years. Given their importance as pollinators for fruits and vegetables and nuts and flowers, it's an agricultural disaster in the making, which made today's rescue and removal all the more fascinating.

Veteran Randy Brunner knew this job was a challenge. His target was 20 feet up, nestled behind a cinder block wall. There were 4,000 worker bees and their leader.

"I've got to make sure I get the queen," says Brunner. "If I don't get the queen, the bees will migrate right back to her."

Using a hammer and chisel to break through the wall, Randy quickly finds the queen surrounded by her subjects.

Honey bees got into the wall several years ago, apparently through a small hole made for an electrical conduit. This swarm probably arrived about a week ago and store manager Tony Volk says they began causing problems last night.

Despite working with little protective gear, Randy will not get stung unless the bees are railed up. He works with his homemade bee vacuum to suck the live bees into a 5-gallon bucket.

"I can hear a lot going down my hose there," he says.

A couple of hours into the job, the queen is captured.

"I think I saw her and I think I got her in the bucket. I would say 95% sure," he says.

Randy's careful work saves the vast majority of honey bees and almost certainly the queen.

"I'll take them back and hopefully they'll hive in one of my hives and hopefully reproduce and get this bee population increased because I know they need all the help we can give them," Randy says.

Randy wrapped up his day's work by spraying the site with apple cidar vinegar. The smell will keep away the few remaining stragglers from the open hive site. The store already has a contractor on stand by, ready to seal up the wall within the next few days.

So the bees are saved. So are the customers.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 3 Injured, Child Killed, In South Philadelphia Shooting

    3 Injured, Child Killed, In South Philadelphia Shooting

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:44:29 GMT
    SkyFOX was live over the scene on the 1500 of South Etting Street in South Philadelphia around 9:40 p.m. on Friday. Police say four people have been shot. According to authorities, a 3-year-old girl was shot, one time in the left side of her chest. She was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was pronounced dead. 
    SkyFOX was live over the scene on the 1500 of South Etting Street in South Philadelphia around 9:40 p.m. on Friday. Police say four people have been shot. According to authorities, a 3-year-old girl was shot, one time in the left side of her chest. She was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was pronounced dead. 
  • Suspect Confesses To Murder, Police Search For Bodies In Park

    Suspect Confesses To Murder, Police Search For Bodies In Park

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:22:08 GMT
    Authorities say they are searching allegedly for two dismembered bodies buried in a wooded in Indian Rock Park in Springfield after a murder suspect confessed to killing two people.
    Authorities say they are searching allegedly for two dismembered bodies buried in a wooded in Indian Rock Park in Springfield after a murder suspect confessed to killing two people.
  • Police: Boater Disappearance May Have Been Staged

    Police: Boater Disappearance May Have Been Staged

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:42:31 GMT
    Egg Harbor Township Police believe the disappearance of a boater in July may have been staged.
    Egg Harbor Township Police believe the disappearance of a boater in July may have been staged.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices