Bees are incredible insects capable of creating enormous honeycomb structures, which are made of impressive hexagonal beeswax cells. But as beautiful as honeycombs are, they are not always built in the ideal location.
Just ask The Bartlett Bee Whisperer. Based in Tennessee, the company provides honey bee services including bee removal and relocation in the West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi area. It uses the rescued bees to repopulate empty hive boxes of local beekeepers who have suffered colony losses, according to their Facebook page.
David Glover of The Bartlett Bee Whisperer recently achieved quite a feat, after being called to assist a homeowner whose back brick wall was filled with bees. Glover proceeded to remove the bricks from the side of the home in order to get to the enormous honeycomb and the bees that occupied it.
Glover documented the journey to a bee-less home in a fascinating Facebook post on Sept. 29, which has since been shared over 116,000 times. A YouTube video of the entire process has been posted as well, garnering almost 329,000 views:
“Every once and awhile I get a call that makes me cringe,” Glover wrote in the Facebook post, continuing:
“Sometimes the bees are way up high, and sometimes it’s bricks. I prefer to be minimally invasive when removing honey bees from buildings. I don’t like taking out bricks. Will the mortar chip out, or will the bricks crumble? Will the combs be usable once the bricks are out of the way? As much as I dreaded removing the bricks, the final view of the hive was AWESOME!”
The more bricks Glover removed, the more of the honeycomb was revealed:
You can see from his photos that the honeycomb was huge, larger in width than the window above it.
“With the exception of seven narrow honeycombs in the center top of the hive, this was two large flat combs,” explained Glover in the post.
He documented his endeavor to the delight of Facebook users who followed along and commented on his step-by-step process.
Finally — no bees in sight! However, the inner wall of the house did have some unsightly discoloration thanks to “thousands of dirty little feet.”
Wow, this was intense! This family is lucky that a professional was able to remove the combs and re-home the bees elsewhere.
Have you ever had a bee problem like this? How did you handle it?