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'Bee Whisperer' Discovers Enormous Beehive Hidden Inside A Brick Wall

Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

When it comes to dealing with pests and infestations in your house, there comes a time when you have to give up on doing it yourself and need to call in the experts.

If you've ever had a serious problem with bugs or mice, you know that it can be really damaging to your house, but the problem is, a lot of the time we don't realize it's happening until it's too late.

For one family in Germantown, Tennesse, they had a bee problem in their house but they couldn't have possibly predicted just how bad it would be.

They called in the "Bartlett Bee Whisperer" aka David Glover, who specializes in removing bees without destroying them. Instead he tries to relocated the bees by removing the entire honey comb.

While the family had originally tried to remove the bees with regular pesticides, the hive was just too big and too well hidden. When they called in the Bee Whisperer, they found out that it was actually taking up a giant space inside of the brick layer on their house.

Glover shared the story on his business's page, revealing that even though he does this all the time, that some calls can still "make [him] cringe."

When he arrived at the home, he was shown the wall where the bees had been reported. It looks like just your average brick wall.

The wall of a home filled with bees
A different pest company had been hired to kill the bees, but they couldn't do it. Facebook - The Bee Whisperer

But as he got closer, he could see that there was a crack between the bricks where the bees had managed to find their way in.

Small gap that allowed bees to build hive
The small gap was all it took. Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

"The bees were entering the wall via a weep hole between the bricks (dark area bottom/center) as well as via a gap between the bricks and the corner of the window," Glover wrote.

Using a scanner, he was able to reveal the shockingly large size of the hive.

Large bee hive inside brick wall
The hive extended through the whole wallFacebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

"Well, the large red spot is the brood area of the hive. The thin red line on the left is the weep hole entrance," Glover explained.

Then it was time to get to work. He started by smoking the entrances, this helps to sedate the bees a bit so they don't completely freak out.

Bee Keeper smoking out bees
Small holes were drilled so he could Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

It was a slow process, chipping out the bricks can end up causing a lot of damage to the hive, but Glover was patient. Finally, with one brick out he could start to see how extensive the hive was.

Bee hive behind brick wall
With only once brick out, he knew he was in for a long extraction. Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

Brick by brick he had to carefully and slowly work his way in rows until the beehive was exposed.

bee keeper removing hive from wall
"Two rows of bricks out" Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

It took a long time before the entire hive was revealed.

Bee hive in brick wall
Even though it was a big job, he was happy to get the bricks out. Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

"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!" Glover revealed. "With the exception of seven narrow honey combs in the center top of the hive, this was two large flat combs."

He even showcased what he called the "capped queen cells" that were visible near the bottom of the hive.

Bee hive in brick wall
"At the bottom of the front comb were five of the thirteen capped queen cells in this hive."Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

Then he had to get to work removing the hive in large sections. The entire time he was completely covered in bees.

Bee keep removes bee hive from wall
The large section at the bottom contained a lot of the queen cells.Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

"On the left side of the hive I found a large number of dead bees. I assume this is where the pest control applicator tried to kill the colony. The wax prevented the spread of the pesticide."

Slow and steady was his tactic.

Bee keeper removing bees from brick wall
"No, that's not an angel on my shoulder. That was a fun cluster of honey bees singing in my ear."Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

There were many tunnels connecting the hive, and while he moved their home they more and more bees started hanging out on his shoulder.

When all of the honeycomb portions were removed, he had to clean it all up, collecting as many of the remaining bees as possible in the box with the hive so they wouldn't be left behind.

Bee keeper removing hive from wall
That way any bees out looking for pollen would be able to find their relocated home. Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

Here's how it looked when it was all cleaned up.

Aftermath of bee hive removed from brick wall
The bees stained the foundation.Facebook - The Bartlett Bee Whisperer

"Done! The tan area came from thousands of dirty little feet. Kind of cool when you think about all the times your Mom told you to wipe your feet before coming into the house. Mom was right, 'You'll track up the place.'"

Obviously, it is unfortunate that the family will have to replace all those bricks, but it's definitely better than having a huge beehive in their wall!

Source - Facebook

Have you ever seen a beehive this big before?

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at tanya@shared.com