NYPD officer talks Times Square bees

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Published on October 25, 2018 - Duration: 01:56s

NYPD officer talks Times Square bees

Michael Lauriano, the police officer who vacuumed up the Times Square bees, shares his secret for not getting stung.

Roselle Chen reports.


NYPD officer talks Times Square bees

Honey bees were still buzzing in late October on the roof of the 104th precinct in Queens.

It's the only official New York City Police Department bee hive.

The two-person NYPD bee team task force is made up of Michael Lauriano and Darren Mays, who answer bee calls in addition to their jobs as city cops.

Lauriano rose to fame over the summer by vacuuming up about 30,000 bees as they swarmed the umbrella of a hot dog stand in Times Square.

What's his secret for not getting stung?

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NYPD OFFICER, MICHAEL LAURIANO, SAYING: "With bees, they're kinda like people.

If you have a calm persona, they'll respond back with a calm persona.

Usually the queen would hang out in the middle.

So I wouldn't want to go right for the queen because then that would make the rest of her colony feel like the queen's just been captured.

My goal was to keep turning that umbrella and vacuuming them up slowly, taking my time, and I was able to get the majority of them safely into the bee cage." Lauriano said the Times Square bees are safe and sound in his apiary in Long Island.

He'll soon winterize the hive and pull 50 pounds of honey from his existing hive to keep them fed through the cold season.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NYPD OFFICER, MICHAEL LAURIANO, SAYING: "You gotta help 'em out." The team demonstrated how to winterize a hive.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NYPD OFFICER, DARREN MAYS, SAYING: "They're going to stay in here the whole winter.

They cluster together and that's how they generate body heat and everything to keep themselves warm." Mays created the rooftop hive last year because he was too busy answering bee calls, about two or three times a week during the summer, and didn't have time to bring the rescued bees back to his home, also outside of New York City.

NYPD Bees started in 1994.

Mays signed on in 2014 and was operating by himself until he was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of bee rescue requests and asked for help.

Lauriano joined him last year.

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