For years the Graham family heard buzzing behind the wall and at times saw a bee escape from the tiles in their home in St. Petersburg. In October, they decided to call Elisha Bixler, owner of How’s Your Day Honey and professional beekeeper, to see if the bees could be relocated.
When Bixler began chiselling at the wall, she found a 7-foot-tall hive.
“It was from the floor to the ceiling with at least 80,000 honey bees,” Bixler told USA TODAY.
The beehive had about 100 pounds of honey that dripped everywhere, Bixler said. She gently cut through the honeycombs to save the babies in the nest before finding the queen.
“Once you find the queen, the entire colony will follow where she goes.”
The queen was placed in a box, and Bixler continued the 5½-hour process of removal. Once the hive was removed, the Graham family said goodbye to the unwanted visitors and kept 20 pounds of honey as a souvenir.
According to Bixler, the Graham family believes the bees got in when the roof was replaced years ago but was not properly sealed. She said the nest was the biggest has she encountered this year.
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