Abandoned bees rescued from city property
Local company relocated bees to nearby property
–The Paso Robles Public Works Department recently found an abandoned water heater in their scrap pile that the streets department picked up in a ditch that had hundreds of bees swarming in and around it. The city contacted Sue Hulsmann of The Queen Team to see if she would be interested in saving them due to the national shortage of bees. She quickly met with staff at the yard and scheduled to meet at 5 a.m. to pick-up the hive.
The water heater was wrapped in a shade cloth so it would contain the bees as they were transported to her property. The bees were relocated two miles from where they were found and Hulsmann was able to get all the bees into new hives and save the honey and comb to reuse in her other hives. The honey and comb is dark fall honey and the comb was older, so it appears that these bees had taken over an old abandoned hive, according to Hulsmann.
Bees are vital to the ecosystem and for crop pollination. If you find a hive on your property that you need removed, there are local resources to help. Call the Queen Team at 805-635-5223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact local business TheraBee, which runs a, “Save the Bees” operation that also provides no-cost bee relocation.