NYC Group Rescues, Relocates Rogue Bees

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Beekeeping has been legal for about a year in New York City, so don’t be surprised if you see a swarm buzzing around this summer.

But never fear, a team of volunteers is at the ready.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports: NYC Group Rescues, Relocates Rogue Bees

Jon Derow knew the call would come one day. “There was a swarm in my neighborhood,” he said, and so began his first mission at a gas station in Brooklyn.

“I got a brief summary of what to do, which is basically get the queen in the box,” said Derow.

Derow moved the bees to a new home at a community garden just a few blocks away.

It’s all part of NYC Beekeeping, a group that has been rescuing rogue swarms in the five boroughs since 2006. 

But the group’s co-director Jim Fischer says, if you see a swarm of bees, don’t freak out. They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them.

Are you an urban beekeeper? Let us know in our comments section.

  • Andre

    Yep, there was a situation like this in
    Ottawa, Canada this week and the best they
    could do is get a can of raid to kill most
    of them instead of taking positive action

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