Green

Watch: 10,000 Honey Bees Saved in Westfield

Mickey the Beekeeper explains how he saved about 10,000 bees Friday that were clustered behind a Westfield home. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
5d17bea9a2ccf873acdb_ecc9f0120b5d48561e84_IMG_8822.jpg
Mickey the Beekeeper placed place the branch where the bees had clustered over his hive, which contained a frame of honey. Credits: Mickey the Beekeeper
21bb70f17c9b1a7ca8a9_4f1a86c745632a775635_IMG_8844.jpg
About 10,000 bees find their way into the hive.  Credits: Mickey the Beekeeper
47581b3432b12ff2f4ca_IMG_8838.jpg
Mickey the Beekeeper helps about 10,000 honey bees into their new home. Credits: Mickey the Beekeeper
5d17bea9a2ccf873acdb_ecc9f0120b5d48561e84_IMG_8822.jpg

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Mickey the Beekeeper got a call about thousands of hive-less honey bees in the backyard of a  home on Summit Avenue on Friday, he didn’t hesitate to bring them a hive he’d made himself. About 10,000 bees that were clustered on a branch made their way into the box, which he’d stocked with a frame of honey, he said. After several days living off of whatever nectar they could find, he guessed that they were probably pretty hungry.

Friday’s swarm was the third that this third-generation beekeeper knew of in Westfield in two weeks. He said that the recent flurry of activity isn’t unusual for honey bees this time of year, when bees often leave crowded hives in search of a new home.  

“Honey bees don’t create their own nests. They need a shelter,” he explained. “They cluster until the scouts find a suitable enclosure.”

Sign Up for E-News

Mickey offers to save honey bees for free, and often pest control companies will call him to save a swarm, as Lady Bug Pest Control did that day, he said. Professionals know that people need bees to survive.

“Almost a third of what we eat is pollinated by honey bees — almost all of our fruits and vegetables,” he said.

Mickey said the bees would be relocated to another spot in Westfield, where they will help pollinate flowers for a two-mile radius. 

Read our earlier stories:

Westfield Couple Discovers Thousands of Hive-less Honey Bees in Yard

Beekeeper Says ‘Don’t Panic’ After Westfield Resident Spots Second Swarm

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Bedminster Woman Dies From Injuries After Being Struck by Car at Bridgewater Mall Parking Lot

July 12, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after being struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall on Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in Lot 4 near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, July 22, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Carousel_image_6e5362f4c31ad94d17b9_hunchback_graphic.fb_event_banner

Sun, July 22, 2:00 PM

SOPAC, South Orange

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Arts & Entertainment

Basking Ridge Resident Cycles Toward $52 Million Goal in the 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge

July 19, 2018

Local man will ride to fundraise for live-saving cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

NEEDHAM, MA – On Aug. 4 and 5, Jim Morris of Basking Ridge will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with the goal of topping last year’s record-breaking gift and raising $52 million for critical cancer research and patient care at ...

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...