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Greene County Beekeepers Rescue Second Bee Hive
Updated August 14, 2014 9:44 AM
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(LYONS) - The Greene County Beekeepers Club have rescued two bee hives this summer.

The latest was this past weekend in an abandoned building on Broad Street in Lyons.

Timberly Ferree, of NewsBarb reports Gregg Roudebush, Don Fish, Ron Wise, Rodney Durham, and Bill Copp spent four hours on site transferring the bees out of the building to Roudebush's hive in Worthington.

This is not the best time to transfer bees.

Roudenbush says the best time to transfer a hive is in spring or early summer so the bees can build up a supply of food to survive the winter.

But Roudenbush says the hive will still have a fighting chance, one they wouldn't have had if they stayed where they were cause the house is scheduled to be demolished.

Not only did the move include the transfer of the bees, it also included the removal of the hive - 12 pounds of bees and three five-gallon buckets of honeycomb.

This is the second hive the crew has relocated.

NewsBarb reports, the first was on June 6, in Sandborn. That hive was also located in an abandoned building.

The hive in Lyons was 10-times larger than the one in Sandborn, and the bees were more aggressive.

The crew used a dry vacuum with a wooden box attachment to remove the bees. The bees are stored in the box until they can be transported to the new hive.

From time to time, during the transfer, smoke was also emitted. The smoke does two things - makes the bees think there is a fire. They get busy drinking as much honey as possible, so they have the energy to find a new home. The second thing the smoke does is mask the alert pheromones that the bees send out, calming them.

If you are interested in beekeeping, the Greene County Beekeeper Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield Public Library. The next meeting is slated for Sept. 2. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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