Late last week Rebekka Lawson received a panicky phone call from her teenage son.
“He said, ‘We got lots of bees in our backyard,’ and I said, ‘Right,’ and didn’t believe him and we came home and we found that huge swarm in our tree.”
“It was probably about the size of a football…a large football.”
A five pound swarm of 20,000 bees had gathered in a tree in the Lawson’s backyard, but by the time a bee keeper retrieved a ladder to crawl up in the tree after the swarm, the bees departed and found a new home inside the outside of the Lawson home.
“For whatever reason they found their way into that nook and cranny,” said Ron Lawson as he pointed to a panel of vinyl siding right above a hole bored in the cement crawl space wall where a black television cable enters the home. “I guess one of their scavenger or forager bees went out there and told the queen bee this is a good spot, I guess.”
A dozen bees or more hover around the crawl space hole…but Fox 59 microphones picked up an ominous hum of thousands of bees buzzing inside the siding and the fiber board of the two-story home.
“We need to get them out and get them relocated because I don’t know about you,” said Rebekka, “but I wouldn’t want to have 20,000 bees in my house.”
The Lawsons have a valid concern because their bee removal specialist, Jeff Bondurant of the Carmel Honeybee Farm, told Fox 59 News that once the hive is established, it attracts other invasive insects and he couldn’t discount the possibility that thousands of bees could fight their way through the dry wall and into the Lawson home.
“And once they locate the queen bee, he tells me that they’re going to shoot some smoke up there to stun the bees so that they can remove the bees and put them in one of his traps and they’re going to take them off to the farm,” said Rebekka.
“I’m guessing the side of the house is going to have to come off,” said Ron. “Again, whenever you look at it you see 20 or 30 bees. I would imagine if you do something and get the whole 20,000 coming at you, I don’t think that would be a pleasant experience.”
Bondurant said he has received five phone calls this weekend from homeowners worried about swarms or hives and says with warmer weather the bees are on the move and looking to set up summer colonies.
Bondurant will put on his protective gear, grab his smoke making device and hopefully remove the Lawson colony before noon Monday because once the day heats up, the bees get angry.
Nationwide scientists are trying to determine why disease has decimated bee colonies that last couple years.
Rebekka said she doesn’t hate the bees. She just wants them gone because in the Lawson house, there’s room for only one queen bee.
“Its me,” she laughed. “We want to relocate the bees and she’s got to go.”