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Honeybee home invasion

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

For nearly five years, Peggy and George White have had some unwelcome roommates, and they've invited all of their friends.

"It's been big hassle," said George White, "they don't even pay rent."

Along with not helping with the bills, they sting guests.

"You don't have many door-to-door salesman come by," said Peggy White.

Honeybees have invaded their Danville home - a home they've live in since the 1960's.

It's not that they haven't tried to get rid of them, but trying to find a bee-keeper to take this job has been next to impossible.

"Nobody wants to tackle it," said George.

Until now.

Paul Dedman, a beekeeper from Harrodsburg, is trying to help.

"It's probably the biggest one in a house I've ever seen," said Dedman.

Dedman estimates 60-70,000 bees are living behind the walls of the house - surrounded by hundreds of pounds of honey.

"It's a very long hive - It's about 10 feet roughly," said Dedman.

The White's say they are rarely stung, and the bees don't usually find their way into the rooms of the house, because the hives are inside the ceiling and walls.

So why not just exterminate?

"They're almost on the endangered list," said Pegy, "and if we lose our bees -t hey're vital to our environment."

Dedman says he plans on sealing all of the hive entrances but one, and luring the bees and their queen into a bee-box, where he'll take them to his farm.

The White's refer to Dedman as their 'knight in shining armor' who they hope will finally rid them of the insects.

But if that doesn't work, the White's are at their wits end.

"One of us is gonna go," said George, "either they end up with the house or we do."

Once the bees are gone, the White's plan to put the honey in jars and give it to their friends as gifts.


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