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The Army of 60,000 Bees

Updated on May 6, 2013

One could call it the "Mother of all Beehives". The home, an A frame style in Odgen, Utah, is just a cabin. Nothing special until the owners notice bees. Lots of them since 1996, but seldom bothered the owners until now with two small kids.

When the Beekeeper arrived, he noticed a few entering the upper roof area overhang. So, he carefully tore the panel hiding the roof rafters, behold! It was a staggering sight to this beekeeper.

Nestled between a set of rafters was a beehive some 12 ft. long and an estimated 60,000 honey bees. The hive was also 4 feet long and 16 inches deep. Shocked at the sight, the beekeeper used smoke to tranquilize them (in a sense) and then used a vacuum to suck the bees up, which does no harm to them.

Once the bees were collected, the beekeeper disassembled the beehive and then reassembled it in their back yard while saving honeycomb for candles or lotion. The queen of hive was caught and wherever the queen bee is, the worker bees will follow.

The job was time consuming - six hours @ $100 hr. Money well spent and received to deal with the army of bees. They also got 15 lbs. of pure honey- how sweet!


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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      WoW oh that is where all the bees have been hiding...