Large swarm of bees, hive removed from Dollar General Market in Niles

A bee removal specialist said that a swarm could take just seconds to form and could happen almost anywhere

Large bee hive on shopping carts

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Thousands of honey bees were found swarming near shopping carts in the corral at a Dollar General Market in Niles, where a large bee hive had formed.

“I was absolutely shocked. I was just in awe and amazement,” said Jammie Briggs, who sent First News cell phone video of the swarm. “The top of it was probably about a foot wide and probably two feet in length. It covered around three buggies that were connected together.”

The bees were gone by Thursday. A manager at the store says they called a bee keeper, who came to re-home them.

Bob Chmelik, a bee removal specialist, reviewed the cell phone video.

“I’m gonna say a large-medium swarm,” he said. “I would say there’s probably every bit of eight to ten thousand bees there.”

“I thought it was crazy, I never seen anything like it,” Briggs said. “You know, the bees were just swarming, the whole lot, I was afraid someone was gonna get stung.”

He says a swarm like the one at Dollar General could take just seconds to form, and could happen almost anywhere.

“What happens is that the queen is like, two to three times the size of the workers and she can’t fly very far. So what happens is she’ll get tired and she’ll settle down someplace, and all of the bees will swarm around her.”

It’s been an especially busy swarm season. Chmelik has had over 91 calls so far, more than double the total number he had last year, and there’s still a few weeks left.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s