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.”
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.
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