(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A 100-pound beehive housing 50,000 to 80,000 bees created quite the buzz in a Florida neighborhood.
Jason Deeringer, a beekeeper and owner of Bee Serious LLC, was called by a homeowner last week to remove a large external honeybee colony in a downtown Orlando neighborhood. Deeringer removed the beehive Thursday that was hanging from a tree branch in between two backyards.
“The owner of the property said this was the third beehive in the same spot,” Deeringer told ABC News. “They let it grow and started to get nervous as it got too big.”
Deeringer removed the honeycombs piece by piece and placed the bees in a box for relocation. Because this colony was wild, Deeringer said he was forced to remove the queen bee and replace her with a new queen so that colony can be managed and controlled at the new location.
Although the honey from the hive cannot be eaten because of food safety concerns, the beekeeper said the wax had value.
“We can melt it down and turn it into a brick and sell it to a bigger beekeeper or candle company,” Deeringer said.
Even with the large amount of bees in the hive, the honeybees never attacked anyone and only stung the homeowner once or twice, Deeringer said, adding that many people think bees are more dangerous than they really are.
“To have a feral or wild colony is pretty risky. It’s a liability risk because you can’t control the behavior of a wild colony,” Deeringer said. “But to have a managed colony is not dangerous.”
Deeringer noted that honeybees are responsible for 80 percent of crop pollination in the U.S.
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