Bees are not insects to be trifled with, especially if they decide to move in to your home and take the place over. This happened to one Houston resident, 93 year old Rafael Delgado, and after two years of putting up with them, they were threatening to take his house over for themselves. Delgado has lived in the same yellow house in southeast Houston’s Third Ward for over 50 years, but these bees have been making the last couple years less than pleasant. Every night Delgado could hear the buzzing of the bees in the hive inside the wall next to his bed. It was only a matter of time before the situation turned deadly for the man.
It was finally Delgado’s grandson, Rafael Cantu, that decided it was time to seek help. He had been keeping an eye on his grandfather and his bee situation since it started, making sure that he was alright, and trying to keep the bees from getting through the walls and inside the house where they could harm Delgado. Bees have managed to make their way inside the house on occasion, prompting Cantu to find a professional to rid Delgado of his bees. It seems he acted just in time, as the hive inside his walls turned out to contain thousands of bees. The pest control professional Cantu found to remove the massive hive claimed that the bees would have eventually come up from the bottom of Delgado’s bed and attacked him in his sleep, an event that would likely have been fatal, especially considering the man’s advanced age.
When parts of the walls were removed and the hive was exposed, they found thousands of bees swarming around their hive, which was packed to the gills with honey. The walls in Delgado’s house had served as the perfect bee box for the hive, with giant columns of honeycomb removed from inside them. Why had Delgado waited so long to have professionals come in a remove the bees? Well, it can be very expensive to remove a hive in your home, particularly one as big as the hive in Delgado’s home, costing thousands of dollars and taking anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete the extraction of a single hive. Thankfully, Delgado’s bees were removed free of charge, and the process only took a few hours, with the bees and their hive captured safely and transported to a more appropriate location for them to continue serving their queen and make more of that delicious honey.
This story serves as a good warning to people dealing with a bee infestation. Always let an expert know as soon as you start seeing bees swarming. If you know that a hive is near, make sure to protect your pets that spend time outdoors, seal your house off properly to prevent any bees from entering your home, and alert your neighbors.
Have you ever had to deal with a bee infestation and the removal of a hive? How long did you wait before calling in the professionals?