By Mark McConville

 

THIS BEEKEEPER has revealed exactly what could be living inside your walls after uncovering a huge honeycomb inside a house.

Well, the large red spot is the brood area of the hive. The thin red line on the left is the weep hole entrance.
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Incredible images and video footage show the beekeeper identify where the bees may be living before proving it with an infrared picture and then starting to remove the bricks.

Here’s the wall. The pest control company has tried to kill the hive, unsuccessfully.
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As he removes more bricks he starts to uncover a huge honeycomb which remained intact, safely removes it and looks at the stain left behind by thousands of tiny bee feet walking on the white surface.

The first brick is out in one piece.
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The incident was recorded by David L. Glover aka The Bartlett Bee Whisperer after he was called in by a client in Germantown, Tennessee, USA.

Two rows of bricks out.
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“First I identify that they are indeed honey bees,” David told Bored Panda.

Five rows out.
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“You’d be surprised how many people don’t know the difference between Bees and wasps or yellow jackets.

Removing a slice of brood comb holding seven of the thirteen queen cells. On the left side of the hive I found a large number of dead bees. I assume this is where the pest control applicator tried to kill the colony. The wax prevented the spread of the pesticide.
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“I then locate the hive using forward-looking infrared. Step by step the area of the home is opened, and all combs removed. Brood combs are rubber banded into hive frames and honey goes into a bucket (as long as the bees have never been sprayed).

At the bottom of the front comb were five of the thirteen capped queen cells in this hive.
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“If the homeowner is willing to eat a piece of comb with me, it’s probably never been sprayed. The bees who do not follow the combs into the new hive box are vacuumed into a two-stage vacuum. They are added back to the new hive once they are set up in their new yard.

While I was cleaning up and organizing to leave, I placed the nuc box in the hole to gather returning foragers.
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“No one is aware of the size of their honey bee hive. They are all surprised because they are expecting something the size of a wasp nest or hornet’s nest.

Cleaning up.
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“The infrared gives them the first clue, but that’s only the brood combs of the hive. The babies are incubated at 94.5 degrees Celsius. Any honey combs in the hive are cooler and usually don’t show on the IR.”

Done! The tan area came from thousands of dirty little feet.
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After the Bee Whisperer rescues the bees, he then uses them to repopulate empty hive boxes for local beekeepers who have suffered colony losses.

Rubber banding the second brood comb.
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