Miami homeowner helps honeybee hive find sweet new home
Angie’s List member Wendy Bolz’s daughter-in-law walked outside, then immediately bolted through the front door of Bolz’s Miami home. “There was what seemed like a million bees swarming the front yard,” Bolz says.
She was scared, but since she walked through the swarm and didn’t get stung, they decided the insects must be honeybees, not a more aggressive species. When the swarm settled down, they ventured outside to investigate. “We could see that all the bees had gathered in a bush that had been planted to attract butterflies and hummingbirds,” she says.
Bolz waited until her husband got home from work, and after toying with idea of starting a hive at their home, they decided it wouldn’t work. “We have young grandchildren that play in the yard, and if a ball hit the nest, it could’ve been disastrous,” she says.
A few days later, Bolz called a few service providers on Angie’s List. She decided to hire Adrian Balero, owner of highly rated I’ll Bee There Animal & Bee Removal in Hialeah, Florida, because he had positive reviews and his quote was half as much as the others.
Balero smoked the bees, then removed the honeycomb from the tree, placing it in a bee box to transport. He then removed any remnants of the nest from the bush’s branches. “I watched the whole process from probably 20 feet away,” she says. “I just wish my grandchildren had been here to see it, too. It was a completely safe and fascinating procedure.”
Bolz says Balero cleaned up and told her any straggler honeybees would be gone within a couple of hours. He said if the bees built another hive in that bush, he would return for free because his bee yard always has room to grow. “The bees are now living happily in Hialeah, making honey in their new home,” Bolz says. “I miss the bees, but I don’t have to worry about my grandchildren being stung.”