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A swarm of honey bees that had settled on a section of pipe bridge here at the mill, now have a new home! The swarm was safely relocated, thanks to quick action from people here at the mill and with help from a professional!
The swarm was discovered last Tuesday. The bees had settled on a section of pipe bridge between the fluff mill and the old maintenance shop, about 15 feet in the air. Contractor work in the area underneath the swarm was stopped to avoid someone being stung by the bees, and the area was roped off so no one would disturb the bees.
Environmental team member John Bunch, a former beekeeper, said the bees are docile when they are in a swarm, unless they are disturbed (he says they are simply looking for a new place to hive). John contacted Critter Control, a wildlife control firm from Emporia, and Lucky Streich, who also happens to be a beekeeper, responded. Lucky used a vacuum system (similar to a ShopVac) to gently collect the bees. They were suctioned into the five-gallon bucket that contained what looks like a large cricket cage inside.
John says the whole process didn’t even take an hour. “Lucky knows what he’s doing. Four years ago, he and his wife got two bee hives and they’ve grown from there. Now, they have about 30 hives, so he took the swarm home and will re-hive them.”