An elderly Florida woman was totally surprised at the honeybee hive hiding in her home. Sevia Moore, age 98, lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida and her recent encounter with the bees brought the local news station out to her home. She told them she had no idea and was unaware of the enormous bee hive. Her granddaughter was the one who alerted her to an unfamiliar sound coming from her ceiling.
She’d called the exterminator’s out to remove what she thought was rats in her attic. Her home is a single level home. When they discovered it was bees; Leo Cross, a beekeeper came out and discovered they were everywhere in the hallows of her home. Ms. Moore figured the bee colony had been there for maybe a year, as far as she could remember.
The Wildlife Trapper of Florida founder, Leo Cross surmises the rodents in her attic were feeding off the honey as they found part of the honey comb in the attic. She’ll have to have other traps set for the rats as they reproduce quite quickly.
Ms. Moore was not only not aware of the hive; she had no idea there 20-30K honeybees hiding in her attic. The officials used a vacuum to suck them out; the bees and hive were transported to a safer place for all. It was very important to them that they save the hive as the honeybee population has decreased dramatically in recent years, and scientists do not know exactly why. This past May another hive, larger with 70-80K honeybees was removed from a home in Utah. The bees had been living right behind the couples bed in the wall.
Sevia Moore was interviewed by reporters and told them of her surprise to finding out about the bees.
Officials describe a concern over the honeybee population. They estimate a third of all colonies have disappeared with the cause unknown. Pesticides, parasites or not enough food might be the culprits. Bees are a $15 billion a year industry. There is a global reduction in bee populations, not just the United States. Some scientists blame bee stress, that’s right, death from stress.
In essence, the bee colonies are social colonies, and if single bees become stressed due to lack of good, safe pollen they don’t work as well and keep things going in the hive. They believe the exposure to pesticides is one area that affects the colony and how it all works together in production of honey. Scientist continue to work on this area of concern for the honeybee population around the world.
A direct link has so far not been proven to any one item. This is why it was so important for the team in Cocoa Beach to save the beehive that surprised the ninety eight year old Moore.
By Kim Troike