Here is a unique story of a bee removal I did, both becuase of the size of the swarm and because it involved an answer to prayer that I am going to tell you about.
An extremely large honey bee swarm visited a Panera Bread in Atlanta not too long ago. I would estimate there were 30,000-40,000 bees. It could have easily been over 10 lbs. of honey bees. This swarm was so heavy that it partially broke the branch that it landed on. Rather uncommon, as I have only seen several swarms this big out of the many jobs I have done. A good sized swarm is typically half this size. The original colony that this swarm came from must have been massive.
Although the bees were 25 feet off the ground, they were in a high traffic area and needed to be removed asap! A pest control company Southeast Bee Removal works with, referred the job. Southeast Bee Removal is licensed and insured. As a beekeeper, I rescue and relocate the bees instead of killing them.
As soon as I arrived on site, I could see it was going to be difficult to remove the bees because a car was directly underneath them. The only way I could get my ladder in position to reach the swarm, was if the car was moved. I asked around and had the manager check inside Panera Bread to search for the owner of the car, but the owner could not be found.
I was sitting in my van wondering what to do. By now, I had been there for about an hour with no solution to the problem. I wanted to be able to rescue the bees and I also wanted to get paid for the job. At that moment, I prayed and asked God to send the owner, wherever they were, to move their car. I had scarcely finished praying this prayer in my mind, when I see someone walking up to the car and getting inside. The was a direct answer to the prayer I had just prayed! I was amazed!
As soon as the car drove off, I set up my ladder and had the bee swarm removed in short order. Then they were transported to our apiary, the honeybee yard, where they are doing very well!
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A typical honey bee floor joist removal. We removed the entire colony of bees including the comb and honey, sealed the entry point, and repaired the drywall with the first coat of mud.
Here is an account of the oldest honey bee colony I have ever heard of, located in Rutledge, GA about 45 minutes east of Atlanta.
It was Ms. Sandra Verner Latimer, who contacted Southeast Bee Removal for the job:
"My family's ancestral home has had honeybees in the front corner of the porch and half-column against the wall of the house for as long as I can remember and I am 67 years old. My grandmother was born in the house in 1880 and she told us the bees were there when she was a child. I also grew up there and remember several times when my parents had local beekeepers try to remove the bees without success. I know they finally let the exterminator try, but even then, the bees came back."
The beam that supported the porch roof was filled with dripping honey comb!
A plane is forced to change gates to allow honey bees to come in for a landing!
Who would of thought that small tiny honey bees could reroute a huge plane loaded with passengers? Yet this is what happened, a swarm of 15,000 honey bees landed on the jetway where passengers normally unload. Airport officials, not wanting to take a chance with the bees potentially stinging passengers as they unloaded, decided to reroute the planes until the bees could be removed.
This is a honey bee removal job I recently did in Augusta GA. I was amazed at how many dead bees were on the floor and window of the room. There literally could have been 10,000 or more dead bees. The ceiling had a softball sized hole where the bees could get through. Since bees are attracted to the light, they were flying to the window thinking it was an exit point. Once seperated from the hive and in the confined space of the room, the bees died quickly.
Just outside the Aqua Midtown Condos in downtown Atlanta, a large mass of honey bees were all clinging together 20 feet up in a tree, about 15,000 of them. Now how they got there seems somewhat of a mystery. Surrounded with tall buildings and busy streets the area does not look like an ideal living situation for the bees.
Honey Bee Swarm at Aqua Midtown Condos
Southeast Bee Removal encountered a strange sight when called upon to remove a swarm of honeybees from a house in Macon Georgia. The 25,000 bees had swarmed into a solid wall formation of approximately two feet by five feet and two inches thick.
The formation in the picture below is how the bees looked when I arrived!
Joshua got a call from the Atlanta Braves 2017 Stadium, they had found honey bees at the construction site. Joshua went and did a bee inspection, then afterward was given a tour of the new Atlanta Braves Stadium, set to be finished in 2017! How cool and fun!
Joshua on the home plate
Bees in the Mail? It appears that is exactly what these honeybees were thinking! Located in Decatur, Ga in Atlanta, scout bees from this colony had been coming into the client's home, looking for a permanent place. I discovered the full colony here on the neighbor's mailbox, which they had chosen as their temporary shelter. I rescued and removed these honeybees live and relocated them to our bee yard in Fayetteville, Ga.
Here is an example of a serious honey bee infestation in a home in Mountain Brook, near Birmingham, Alabama. I first gave a free bee removal estimate, included repairs.
All three of these bee hives were in the same house! They were found in the floor joists between the first and second floor.
Bee Removal #1