There are many problems we may experience around the home when it comes to pests but sometimes, it is just best if we call an expert and have them take care of it.
Perhaps you have had problems with a bug infestation or rodents and you know that they can damage the home and make you feel like it is never clean. Sometimes those problems continue to hide under the surface and we don’t even realize they are taking place until a lot of time goes by.
In Germantown, Tennessee, there is a family who was experiencing such a problem. They had a difficulty with bees in the home but they had no idea how extensive the problem would be.
That is when they called in David Glover, The Bartlett Bee Whisper. He specializes in helping families get rid of a bee infestation. He doesn’t destroy the bees, he removes them and relocates them to another area.
The family used pesticides at first to try and remove the bees but the hive was just too large and they couldn’t locate it. When they called in the Bee Whisper, they found out that the hive was actually inside of the bricklayer of the house.
Glover posted information about the ordeal on his business page. He says that he does this on a routine basis but there are still times when certain calls can “make him cringe.”
He went to the wall where the bees had been reported when he got to the home. It looks just like a regular brick wall.
When he got closer he saw a crack between the bricks and the bees were able to get in and out through it.
“The bees were entering the wall via a weep hole between the bricks (dark area bottom/center) as well as via a gap between the bricks and the corner of the window,” Glover wrote.
He used an infrared scanner and saw how large the hive really was.
“Well, the large red spot is the brood area of the hive. The thin red line on the left is the weep hole entrance,” Glover explained.
Now it was time for him to get started. He smoked the entrances to sedate the bees so they didn’t go crazy when he started working.
He chipped the bricks out carefully but some damage still occurred to the hives. When he removed one of the bricks he saw just how large the beehive was.
He removed additional bricks slowly to work his way in until the beehive was exposed.
It took a while before he found the entire hive.
“This is what I mean by AWESOME. The comb wasn’t overly-attached to the bricks AND this is one of the largest single pieces of comb I’ve ever seen!” Glover revealed. “With the exception of seven narrow honey combs in the center top of the hive, this was two large flat combs.”
He even showed a picture of the “capped queen cells” that could be seen at the bottom of the hive.
He removed the hive in sections because it was so large. He was covered in bees the entire time he did it.
“On the left side of the hive I found a large number of dead bees. I assume this is where the pest control applicator tried to kill the colony. The wax prevented the spread of the pesticide.”
He continued with the slow and steady process.
Numerous tunnels connected the hive and as he was removed it, they started hanging out on his shoulder.
When he had removed all of the honeycomb portions he had to clean it up and collect as many of the bees as possible in the box. He didn’t want anything left behind.
This is how it looked when he was cleaning things up.
“Done! The tan area came from thousands of dirty little feet. Kind of cool when you think about all the times your Mom told you to wipe your feet before coming into the house. Mom was right, ‘You’ll track up the place.'”
It’s a shame that the family has to replace the bricks but it certainly is better than having a beehive in your home!