A 57-year-old woman has been left stranded at home after 20,000 bees decided to take up residence in the bonnet of her Nissan car. Shirley Taylor from East Yorkshire was alerted by her neighbours, who informed her that thousands of honeybees had settled on her vehicle.
She said: “I have no idea where they have come from and why they have chosen my car but it looks like the queen is here and they all follow her.
“My husband is a bit of a joker and said it is probably due to the Bee Gees CD in the car.
“The beekeeper said it may have something to do with scent but I don’t want to damage my car with bleach. I only bought it in September.
“The other option is to draw them away by bringing larvae but who knows if that will work.
“I am certainly learning more about bees than I ever have before.”
Mrs Taylor is unsure why the bees chose her car, as they normally take up residence in trees. Chairman of the Beverley Beekeepers’ Association Chris Coulson, said: “We do not know why the bees are there but we are into the swarming season.
“What can happen is that if a hive becomes too big a second queen can form and move away with a colony of around 20,000 bees which is what has happened here.
“We don’t know if they have made the car their permanent home or whether it is temporary.”
He went on: “We will try to entice them away with larvae and young bees but that could take up to 12 hours.
“It is a very complex job and one of the beekeepers told me the bees are already producing wax and comb.
“The bees could stay here for several years if they have made it their permanent home.
“If she wants her car back the bees may have to be done away with.”
Original Article Source: The Sun