Thousands of Bees Removed from Downtown Brooklyn Scaffold

By Nikhita Venugopal on June 23, 2014 5:07pm 

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 More than 6,000 bees were removed from scaffolding in Downtown Brooklyn Monday afternoon.
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — More than 6,000 swarming bees were removed from scaffolding in Downtown Brooklyn Monday afternoon, officials said.

Detective Anthony Planakis, the NYPD’s bee expert, estimated a swarm on Schermerhorn between Bond and Hoyt streets contained about 6,000 to 8,000 bees.

The average-sized swarm, made up of “Italian honey bees,” was “relatively docile,” he added.

“They’re looking for a new home now,” he said. "That’s all it is."

While dealing with the insects, Planakis said his main concerns were public safety for humans and bees alike.

Planakis – known as “Tony Bees” – approached the swarm on a bucket truck and used a vacuum to gently remove the bees from the scaffolding. The bees will be humanely relocated to an apiary in upstate New York, he said.

In May, Planakis took down a swarm with more than 30,000 bees in Queens. 

 

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