There’s no end to all the different types of “whisperers” out there. Ghost whisperers have the ability to put otherworldly spirits in their place, horse whisperers have a talent for soothing the wild beasts, and of course there’s the doggy whisperers, who magically transform mouthy barkers and nippy ankle biters into happy pups full of licks and kisses!
So, what in the world can a bee whisperer do? Well, one man from Bartlett, Tennessee is creating quite the buzz as the area’s go-to bee removal expert! Some folks would rather have the unwelcome insects swatted out of existence, but bee whisperer David Glover likes to preserve their honeycomb home and whisk them away to safety.
However, on his latest adventure David’s “rescue and relocate” business was about to hit a big snag. He’s used to dealing with small hives that are totally portable, but after peeling a brick off a home’s sidewall, David realized that sometimes the universe has a supersized sense of humor!
Recently, David was called out to a home in Germantown, Tennessee that had quite a busy bee problem. The homeowner was allergic to the stingers, and wanted the little buggers gone!
When the bee keeper arrived, he carefully took a thermal scan of the wall to get an idea of where the hive was at, and then went to work smoking them out. On his Facebook page, David described the process he went through:
“The first thing I did after smoking the entrances was to spray some Honey Bandit in the small hole … That helped keep the bees from running up the wall when I kicked on the hammer drill.”
After removing several rows of bricks, David was stunned to find more than just a few angry buzzers hiding behind the wall. That’s when he was finally able to grasp the hive’s actual size.
If your only experience with a beehive is that small, roundish, and very cute tree ornament from Winnie the Pooh, then you’re in for a shocker. Bees actually build their honeycomb structures in natural cavities and crevices, like hollow trees. So, if you ever happen to come across a round hive, you’ll probably want to run! It’s either a hornet’s nest, or there’s about ten thousand bees eyeballing your every move as they surround and protect their queen.
Oddly enough, not all bees like the great outdoors. Some of them love to build nests where you can’t easily snatch their precious stash of food. Underground hives, and those built in the nooks and empty spaces of buildings, are especially difficult to get to. Which is exactly why some bees prefer squatting in our man-made fortresses! Thankfully that’s where David and his unique skills come into play.
The hive that David uncovered was humongous – and according to Fox News, contained an estimated 35,000 bees! There were also a staggering number of queens being pampered in this special XXL edition of honeycomb magic. David couldn’t believe it when he counted thirteen queens nestled in one spot!
He wrote on Facebook:
“This is what I mean by AWESOME. The comb wasn’t overly-attached to the bricks AND this is one of the largest single pieces of comb I’ve ever seen! With the exception of seven narrow honey combs in the center top of the hive, this was two large flat combs.”
It took over four hours for David to uncover this massive gold treasure. Afterwards, he gently scooped out slices of the honeycomb and put the bees, their honey, and all the royal lieges into a box for safe transport. In the end, the homeowner was ecstatic to be rid of the gigantic problem, and David was just as happy to have been the one to find it!
Watch this video to see how David the bee whisperer quiets the hive mind.