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Nonprofit Provides Humane Honey Bee Removal

What would you do if you discovered a honey bee infestation in your home? One nonprofit is providing Texans a safe and humane solution.

 

 

Ladonna Permenter looks on as crews tear apart the walls of the shed behind her house in Brazoria County. She says it’s been infested bees for about five years, and she was scared to go near it. She wanted to get the bees off the property, Permenter she didn’t want to exterminate them.

“We need the bees to pollinate, you know?” Permenter says. “I mean, I don’t like them because I get stung. I’m allergic.”

She found a solution in the Austin-based American Honey Bee Protection Agency. Rather than using pesticides, the nonprofit removes and transports the bees off of the property.

CEO Walter Schumacher estimates that there could be as many as 2 million bees living in the shed. He and his team first spray the hive with smoke.

“So the honey bee thinks that the beehive’s going to catch on fire, so it goes in to eat as much food as possible,” Schumacher says. “So now you have these super engorged honey bees that basically just had this huge Thanksgiving dinner, and if they had a TV they’d be sitting on the couch watching it.”

Once the bees are slowed down, they’re much easier to remove.

Schumacher says people often don’t discover an infestation until it grows to the point where the bees are aggressive, but he and his team are working to help homeowners and honey bees throughout Texas.

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