Mystery bee whisperer arrives to save car from thousands of swarming bees

Max O'Driscoll 8 November 2021 40
bees on windscreen

Dominica van der Ploeg returned after a long relaxing massage, to her car covered thousands of bees. Photo: Ask Canberra Facebook.

It’s enough to give you nightmares. Or inspire a horror movie.

Dominica van der Ploeg headed into Braddon on Saturday (6 November) for a massage, parking her car on Lonsdale Street. The trip was designed to relieve stress. But then she returned to her car.

“I came out and could see a cloud of bees and I just went, ‘oh gosh, that’s a lot of bees’ and then, ‘oh sh-t, they’re on my car!'”

“I probably needed another massage after that,” said Ms van der Ploeg with a laugh.

With her doors and windows covered by the bees, a crowd gathered around her. She panicked and she pondered what to do.

It was then a mystery woman appeared out of the crowd of people boasting a rare and bizarre ability.

“A stranger just told me: ‘hey, bees don’t sting me!’ She literally just waved them away from the door.

“My door and window were absolutely covered, and she just waved them away, and I managed to get into the car somehow without a single bee getting in there,” said Ms van der Ploeg.

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Once in her car, she carefully drove with the bees still on her windscreen around Ainslie and Dickson. One by one, the bees flew off. By the time she arrived home, they’d all buzzed off.

She says the photo of the windscreen does not do justice to the true severity of the situation. She estimates thousands of bees were on her car.

After parking her car under a tree earlier in the day, Ms van der Ploeg noticed a sticky substance had dripped onto her vehicle. She said it wasn’t anything too significant but merely a few droplets. It’s believed this is what attracted the bees onto her car later that day.

Ms van der Ploeg said she wouldn’t have left her car for much longer than two hours in an incident that has scarred her from parking outdoors in the future.

“I’m going to be very careful to make sure I don’t park under a tree if I can. I don’t really know which trees create deposits like that, but I’m just going to be very careful now and just try parking underground where I can,” she said.

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A bait hive: Canberra Region Beekeepers can help if you have a swarm – or an unwanted hive – at your place. Photo: Facebook.

Secretary of the Canberra Region Beekeepers Association Thilak Mallawaarachchi said it has been an “unusually active year for swarming”.

“There’s so much food around, and therefore all the bees are breaking up and creating new families,” said Mr Mallawaarachchi.

Regarding how to deal with bee swarm, he says that if there are less than 10 bees, spraying them with water can encourage them to fly away. For any more than 10 bees, he suggested contacting one of the ACT’s swarm collectors, which can be found on the Canberra Region Beekeepers website.

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40 Responses to Mystery bee whisperer arrives to save car from thousands of swarming bees
ShienEe Tan ShienEe Tan 9:47 pm 12 Nov 21

You needed this guy PaoYi!!

Samantha Paterson Samantha Paterson 2:14 pm 12 Nov 21

Lissy Lu show Mae!

Sienna Volker Smith Sienna Volker Smith 3:20 pm 11 Nov 21

Calan Cicolini is this where ur bees go during the day

Rachael Johns Rachael Johns 10:54 am 11 Nov 21

Katherine Johns imagine if we were there 🤣🤣😨😰

    Emma Johns Emma Johns 12:42 pm 11 Nov 21

    Rachael Johns Toby Johns would better hope they don’t swarm him 🤣

    Katherine Johns Katherine Johns 12:58 pm 11 Nov 21

    Rachael Johns 😳imagine the carry on 🤣🤣

    Katherine Johns Katherine Johns 1:00 pm 11 Nov 21

    Emma Johns karma from all the times he’s picked on Rachael Johns and I for being scared of them 🙊

Marcus D. Alim Marcus D. Alim 10:33 am 11 Nov 21

Stuff of nightmares Simone Brysland

Hayley Lusk Hayley Lusk 8:37 am 11 Nov 21

Jamie Percival are these your neighbours bees?? 😅😂

    Jamie Percival Jamie Percival 10:54 am 11 Nov 21

    Hayley Lusk hahahah possibly!! Crazy bees!

purplevh purplevh 9:19 pm 10 Nov 21

One way to get free parking in Braddon. No one’s going to stick a parking ticket on that windscreen

Jenine Sloane Jenine Sloane 8:00 pm 10 Nov 21

It's happening all ove NSW as well

Alex Macklin Alex Macklin 6:10 pm 10 Nov 21

This is where they went Dylan Weaver

    Dylan Weaver Dylan Weaver 6:42 pm 10 Nov 21

    Alex Macklin I think this is where they came from haha

Mel Hendrie Mel Hendrie 12:02 pm 10 Nov 21

Chrissy Artuso Melissophobes - unfair

Joel Rasmussen Joel Rasmussen 12:02 pm 10 Nov 21

Emma Daly Good from you

Hannah Stares Hannah Stares 9:38 am 10 Nov 21

Brett Psaila this is what we saw 😂

Caroline Dry Caroline Dry 8:12 am 10 Nov 21

Lucy Pittar british spencer could never

Rachael Ryan Rachael Ryan 9:25 pm 09 Nov 21

Was this you, Bea??🐝

Paula Garner Paula Garner 9:04 pm 09 Nov 21

Charlotte Garner legit your nightmare

Michelle Suwignjo Michelle Suwignjo 9:00 pm 09 Nov 21

Natalia Siahaan gelii. onok ae ya

Tara Feeney Tara Feeney 7:49 pm 09 Nov 21

Shia Landeryou at the park this arvo, i was sitting all nice and chill reading my uni stuff, i look up and thought it was a swarm of those annoying bugs so told my girl to keep her mouth closed. Next minute im grabbing all our shit and running downhill😭😭😂😂 they were only passing thru but cant say I've moved quicker😂😂😂😂😂😂

Analyce Martin Analyce Martin 7:30 pm 09 Nov 21

Amy Grace thought of your bee situation when I seen this.

David Lindesay David Lindesay 2:48 pm 09 Nov 21

Millie. Luke working some magic

Lucy Hutchens Lucy Hutchens 2:46 pm 09 Nov 21

My nightmare Reuben Ingall

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