Family Held Hostage By Thousands of Bees Flying Around Their Front Yard
Even in a brightly colored garden with an abundance of flowers the bright, happy-looking bees that also accompany this scene still tend to scare me enough that even the most fragrant flowers can’t tempt me to step closer. Compared to that scenario, the one that Katrina Young and her family were faced with sounds like hell on earth.
Young was shocked on Sunday afternoon when, after hearing a buzzing sound that was growing louder, she looked out her front window to discover thousands of bees swarming right in her front yard, a huge mass of them hanging out by the bushes just outside her front door. The Young family was effectively stuck inside their house, barred from leaving by the thousands of buzzing bees. The entire family was too terrified to step out their front door, and to make matters worse, they didn’t know whether any of them were allergic to bee stings.
Unfortunately, the bees picked the worst day to show up outside the Young’s home. It was Sunday. Young tried calling 311 as well as several pest control services, but with it being Sunday, no one was available, leaving the family stranded inside their home with no help in sight. In a clever move, Young decided to call a local news station, telling them her situation and asking for help. This ended up leading to their salvation. The news channel 13 Action News brought over beekeeper Joshua Hammons from Hammons Honey to save the day, along with bee suits and hive boxes for everyone there.
Soon after Hammon began his bee removal, pulling a branch down to shake some of the bees off and into the boxes, he realized this bee removal was going to turn into a bee rescue. The bees had apparently initially tried to build a hive under a water meter underneath the house. However, somehow the queen must have died during this process, and when the rest of the bees realized their queen was dead they left the house and settled on a branch nearby, which is when the Young family discovered them. Thanks to Hammon and Action News 13 the bees were all put into the hive boxes and transferred to a new home at a bee farm. The other good news was that, according to Hammon, the bees were not dangerous, just a little lost.
Have you ever had to deal with a bee infestation? What did you do?