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Thousands of bees invade Wake Tech campus

Posted May 19, 2008

— Wake Technical Community College has called in beekeepers to help rid the school of bees.

Wake Tech spokeswoman Laurie Clowers said Monday thousands of bees had been isolated to one tree on the school's main campus off U.S. Highway 401.

A faculty member noticed the nest Monday and reported it to the school.

No one has been stung, but officials wanted the bees gone so they don't create a problem.

Beekeepers removed the hive Monday afternoon and estimated it contained 5,000 bees. They plan to keep the bees to make honey.


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  • olsaltydog May 20, 2008

    You have it wrong the bees were not there for an education. They were there to make a statement that the new mascot should be the Honey Bees!

  • kodi May 20, 2008

    This is something I have some knowledge of. Bees swarm in the spring as a result of the hive becoming overpopulated. This is natures way. The queen will leave and take most of the worker bees with her in a swarm looking for a new suitable hive. The remaining hive will have begun the process of creating a new queen several weeks before the swarm. After the swarm the new queen will take over the responsibility of the old hive. Swarms are very rarely aggressive as they do not have a hive to defend. But they should only be approached by a professional. Honey bees (other than Africanized bees) are generally only dangerous when threatened. They die after they sting so stinging is the last resort. Removal was the proper thing to do. The home that they may have found could have been in a not so desirable place. Eve of a building etc. Bees are our friends. Without them we would not eat.

  • fishnett5977 May 20, 2008

    Bee-utiful! :) Take them bees over toward our house!!! We need our veggies and flowers pollenated!!! :)

  • Joe Schmoe May 20, 2008

    I always thought these bee clusters were temporary - that bees form them when scouting for a new hive location, and that they're typically gone in a day or two. Why all the hoopla and calling beekeepers and such?

  • IBleedRedandWhite May 20, 2008

    Glad to see these bees thriving in NC again especially after last year. Hopefully more will come and help NC's agriculture!

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 20, 2008

    How on earth did a story about a swarm of bees turn into an ugly tirade about colleges wasting taxpayer money? Sheesh, some people can manage to be hateful about nearly everything.

  • Wuff_Pack May 20, 2008

    A swarm of bees like the one @ Wake Tech is usually considered non-threatening. This usually happens when a colony of bees split due to two queens. (Generally the old one leaves the hive) The workers will surround the queen like the one @ Wake Tech to protect them. More than likely, a beekeeper came to capture the bees and put them in a hive.

  • drewfloyd4 May 20, 2008

    You can't bee serious?

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  • whatelseisnew May 19, 2008


    You do know it is a college don't you? You do know that students attending pay tuition don't you? Perhaps you should try taking a class and learn a little something besides putting an arrogant comment in. You see, I think when possible any taxpayer subsidized institution should do what it can to defray expenses and get off the back of the taxpaying public. And guess what, perhaps they could have used this as a way to teach people how to keep bees. You do realize that bees are needed to pollinate don't you? That farmers actually pay people to bring bees around to do their little deeds. Ah probably not, likely you are one of these folks that thinks college is free.