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On Your Side: What to do about a bee infestation

Posted: 5:51 PM, Aug 10, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-11 00:55:43Z

What's that buzz in the chimney?

Three weeks later, and a local woman's saga with an insect infestation is getting closer to a happy ending. This after some unlikely neighbors flew into her life.

Anita Turner and her family moved to Greenleaf, just outside of Caldwell, ten months ago. The goal was to be closer to nature.

But, she is on edge after her new neighbors moved in most recently.

"Twenty-three days ago, I was standing in my front yard and I heard this giant swarming noise," Turner explains.

After walking around the front of the house, she spotted a swarm of honey bees. In fact, they were right outside her granddaughter's bedroom window.

"She came screaming, grandma, grandma!" Turner says.

Luckily, honey bees are not typically the aggressive type.

Good thing, since Turner estimates that at least 50,000 bees have moved into her chimney.

In this particular case, Turner's fireplace apparently seemed like a good place to start building a hive.

"Bees are a part of farmlands," she chuckles. "But, not in my home."

Realizing there's a honey bee shortage worldwide, Turner tried to get them removed by a bee keeper. No one was able to help her along those lines, so now her only option is to exterminate them.

Honey bees can only be saved if the swarm is relocated before they've moved to an inside location.

"I'd rather not kill them," Turner concludes. "I know they're really important to the farming and the community and everything but long-term, having them in my home can cause a lot of damage, as well as lure in other pests and rodents with the honey."

Yellow jackets and wasps are also a problem this time of year. If you can locate a hive, that's when it is recommended to call on a pest removal company for help.

Experts say be extra careful around yellow jackets since they tend to be highly territorial and attack in numbers.