Beekeepers trying to save massive honeybee nest

Posted at 7:31 AM, Jun 09, 2016

He's the Dean of sports and now Tim Staudt is working on an advanced degree in bees. Hundreds of thousands of honeybees built a nest on his home and getting rid of them hasn't been easy.

"There's a lot of other places in the neighborhood, why this one?"

Staudt didn't plan on becoming a beekeeper, but it's a title he's fallen into.

"I just want it gone. I just want it handled," Staudt said.

A few days ago he noticed a honeybee nest forming under his rain gutters and it's just been getting bigger.

"We're not turning the hose on it which everyone thought I would do, we're not throwing baseballs at it," Staudt added.

Instead he decided to call in an expert. Ed Jones with No-Risk Exterminating is trying to help but he says the last thing he wants to do is kill the bees.

"I don't want to destroy them because they're such a beneficial insect and we're running out of Michigan honeybees," Jones said.

Jones says the nest at Staudt's place isn't uncommon. Honeybee colonies will move in the spring if their old home gets too small.

Since their population is threatened, Jones found an actual beekeeper who's willing to take them in.

"He will bring one of his beehives in and he'll get up there with a smoking device to calm them, and then just very carefully--with a butter knife believe it or not--he removes that honeycomb," Jones explained.

He says there's anywhere from 300,000-500,000 bees in Staudt's nest, and he's warning homeowners who find themselves in a similar situation to leave the bees to the pros.

"You'd probably end up in the emergency room because if you do harass them at all they'll find you," Jones said. "When the the first one stings you it releases a pheromone that dozens of other following bees can find you and go after you too."

That's why Staudt's happy the bees will be moving as of Thursday morning.

"Can you say condo? Enough of this is enough of this," Staudt added.

Plus he'll be getting his house sprayed to make sure they don't come back.

"That's today's issue. It has nothing to do with sports, but it's today's issue," Staudt said.