Bees put reporter in sticky situation

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- After being surrounded by honey bees the last year, KFOR Reporter Chellie Mills and her husband Nate, decided to hire a beekeeper to remove the 60,000 bees from their property.

"I killed thousands of them and within a week or two weeks, it was like every single one of them was back," Nate said.

Chellie and Nate originally tried the typical bee and wasp spray but it didn't work.

They quickly found out that if honeycombs were still stuck inside their brick wall, other bees would make their way into the wall, no matter how many times they tried to get rid of them.

They enlisted the help of Michael Clark, a local beekeeper out of Stillwater.

"I'm going to remove the bees by taking out a section of the wall and do our best to save as many bees as possible and then relocate them to our area in Stillwater," Michael said.

Three feet of wall had to be torn down.

Had they left the honeycombs inside the walls, other creatures could have made their way into the house.

"If you kill them, the honey will rot in your wall and it will attract other pests or it could start leaking out of the wall," Chellie said.

Michael said the honey bees will be taken to a Bear Creek Florist where they will monitor them and make sure they propagate a succesful hive.

"It's a really good idea to go ahead and contact a local beekeeper who can remove them safely and then relocate them so they can continue doing their job," he said.

If you do plan on hiring a beekeeper, do some research because many of them will not even charge you to come and remove the bees.


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