After sharing their home with bees for almost 25 years the unwanted roommates are finally gone. A local beekeeper evicted around 500,000 bees in Alberta from a single home, calling it the biggest job he's done yet. Meanwhile, the family who lives in the home can breathe easy knowing their nightmare is over.
Beekeeper Henry Thomas told Narcity he spent Sunday, July 26 and Monday, July 25, carting out pound after pound of beehives from the ceiling, walls, chimney space, and yard of Brenda Bruno's home. In total, he estimates they got rid of nearly 400 pounds of wax.
"When I first saw it, I was like, holy cow. I was in total shock at how big the hive was," he said.
Over the past 25 years, honeybees had been living and slowly growing their numbers inside the walls of Bruno's home, she told Narcity.
However, she never had the funds to get them removed. Then, in November of 2019, her daughter suffered a near-fatal reaction to a bee sting.
"I almost lost her," she told Narcity. After that point, she made a call out on social media for anyone able to help.
When Thomas arrived, he said the inside of the house was like a "horror story." Bees swarmed all over the interior and swooped inside in "daily raids."
"The one bathroom probably had about a hundred dead bees in it" when he first arrived, he continued.
Bruno said that she'd tried for over 15 years to get the bees out, contacting organization after organization. But none could help her out because she didn't have the funds, so she and her daughter had to "learn to adapt."
Now with the bees finally evicted, Bruno's first order of business is to return to her backyard and give the grass a trim. She wasn't able to enter the area before because a huge hive had settled on her apple tree.
"I'd like to fix up my place, like the garden and stuff like that," she said.
However, Bruno's family isn't out of the woods yet. Thomas had to tear up her walls to access the hives, and she doesn't have the funds to cover the repairs. As the winter approaches, she's trying to generate enough repair money through a fundraiser to fix her home.
But at least the bees are out and the family can sleep sound at night, knowing they're finally safe.