That was the question Martin Cox was asking after a swarm of bees took up residence last week way at the top of the Echo Park apartment building where he lives. “When the swarm was looking for a place it swept INTO one of the apartment via an open window,” said Cox. “The tenant was napping and awoke in a blizzard of buzzing, he shooed them out by opening all the windows, and even saw the queen go by!” That’s how the bees ended up collecting under an outdoor vent.
Cox wanted the bees removed but not exterminated. After checking around, he came across Ron O’Brien, owner of The Bee Specialist. For $250, The Bee Specialist spent about an hour today using a low-powered vacuum to suck up the bees and also captured the queen so the remaining bees would eventually disperse. No one got stung during the capture of the estimated 10,000 bees, which are headed to some happy hives in Sunland, Cox said.