For 10 months, Laurel Loosham from Brisbane didn't pay much attention to the insects flying around her house, thinking that this is normal. However, she noticed that more than a normal number of them have been in her house now. This is when she decided to call the Brisbane Backyard Bees and discovered a hive of activity in her roof.
Australian beekeeper Paul Wood found a massive 10-month-old hive in Loosham's house which is home for about 60,000 bees. He then took the bees into what he refers to as a "free-range hive" in his backyard. Wood was able to remove about 50kg or 110.2 pounds of honeycomb. In an interview by MSN, a web portal and related collection of Internet services and apps for Windows and mobile devices, he said: "It's a perfect spot for bees, a nice cozy cavity with a little small entrance they can easily defend."
|Bees forming a hive in a ceiling / Photo by: Brisbane Backyard Bees via MSN News|
To remove the bees safely, Wood used a low-powered vacuum that sucked the bees into a box so they could be safely relocated and the hive removed. "It is always unbelievable to pull the sheeting back and see what a fantastic job these bees have done at building a hive," he said. Wood first finds the queen bee and puts her in a jar so her colony will follow her. He then sweeps up the brood comb full of eggs.
Half of the honey Wood collected from the suburban hive was returned to Loosham while he kept the other half. According to an article by Stuff, a New Zealand news website published by Stuff Limited, he is planning to use the honey to make chutney and jams. Although Wood has been doing this work, removing bees in walls and ceilings, he said that this was the biggest beehive he had encountered.
|The hive on the ceiling / Photo by: Brisbane Backyard Bees via Stuff|
According to Wood, bees find people's homes large enough to accommodate the swarm. People should expect that more houses will be hunting for new roods and walls to inhabit since winter is about to end. "In springtime, when a hive of bees swarm, the queen and half the workers leave the mother hive and go and find somewhere new to live," he said.
|The honey produced from the ceiling / Photo by: Brisbane Backyard Bees via Stuff|