Tennessee ‘Bee Whisperer’ removes 35,000 honey bees from the wall
A bee removal expert in Tennessee is causing quite a stir after extracting an estimated 35,000 honey bees from a brick wall.
David Glover, the self-proclaimed “Bartlett Bee Whisperer,” was recently called into a house in Germantown to remove the bees. Glover told Fox News on Friday that the homeowner, whom he did not identify, was allergic to bee stings and had previously hired a local pest control company to remove the creatures – but to no avail.
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Finally, Glover was recommended to get rid of the honeybees safely.
When he arrived last Friday, Glover took a thermal scan to get an idea of where the bees were. But he had no idea how “physically big” the beehive was until he broke open the wall.
He discovered that the bees were entering the beehive through a small drip hole and a narrow gap between the bricks and the corner of the window, so he began removing the bricks one at a time to slowly expose the massive beehive.
Glover said it took more than four hours to remove all of the bees and clean the wall.
More than four hours later, Glover safely removed the honeycomb, which he said on Facebook was not “overly attached to the bricks” – which made the removal process smoother than expected. Glover said it was one of the “largest unique pieces of” comb “he has ever seen, about 3 feet wide and 5 feet high.
“As scary as it is, every homeowner I work for has to take a look [at the hive]. She was amazed how big it was, ”he said of the homeowner’s reaction.
“Most people assume that a beehive is the size of a wasp’s nest; they don’t know how great bees are.”
“The white comb is the new comb while the darker stuff is older. Thousands of little feet running over it make it darker, ”he explained, noting that the beehive was probably behind the wall for two years.
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Finally, Glover – who has been in the bee removal business since 2009 and removes an estimated 250 beehives a year – said in a now viral Facebook post that the homeowner was “more than pleased that we were able to remove and relocate the bees and their hive. “His post detailing the event had more than 80,000 reactions and 20,000 comments on Friday morning.
“Most people assume that a beehive is the size of a wasp’s nest; they don’t realize the sheer size of what bees can do, ”he added.