He’s the queen bee.
The NYPD’s bee expert showed a Bushwick swarm who’s boss Wednesday morning after receiving a complaint from a nearby firehouse.
Detective Anthony “Tony Bees” Planakis vacuumed up the 12,000 insects out of a tree and transported them to a hive in Queens, reported DNAinfo. Mr. Planakis said he arrived just before they would have begun stinging passersby.
“They’re relatively docile now but as soon as they sense a swarm coming they get antsy…they’ll get ticked off,” Mr. Planakis told DNAinfo. “They know they’re stuck here then and they get protective…. Just as the weather affects us it affects them.”
To prevent future swarms from returning to old the gathering spot, Mr. Planakis smoked the spot out with horse manure to mask the bees’ previous scent.
“You can’t get a better smoke than horse manure,” he told DNAinfo. No bees were harmed in the capture of the swarm.
We are pretty sure the scent of manure is going to keep more than the bees away from that spot, Mr. Planakis.