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article imageKitchener, Ont. family shocked at sharing home with 50,000 bees

By Anne Sewell     May 22, 2014 in Odd News
Kitchener - A family in Kitchener, Ont., Canada had absolutely no idea what was sharing their home, until one family member was stung by a bee. Turns out there were thousands of honeybees living in their walls.
Carol Stewart then called in help to resolve the situation, but was totally shocked to hear just how many bees there were.
Stewart’s initial reaction was to call an exterminator, who said they couldn’t do the job as they would lose their licence. As reported on CBCnews, Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious affliction affecting bees, has caused honeybee populations to decline drastically since 2007. Deliberately killing honeybees is thus out of the question.
Stewart then called in the experts and when beekeeper, David Schuit, owner of Saugeen Country Honey in Elmwood, came to investigate he made the incredible find.
Schuit, working with his son and daughter, took several hours to remove the bee colony, which had apparently taken residence behind the wall of an upstairs guest bedroom. As can be seen on a video on CTV News, Schuit and his helpers removed the wall to get at the bees.
“There was a crevasse in the eave trough,” said Schuit. “They came in and they made their home up in the rafters and then also in behind the drywall.”
Stewart told CTV News, that she was shocked that there were that many bees in there, adding, “There were thousands of bees. Unbelievable that they have been in your house for this long and you not, not being aware, like no sound, no nothing.”
However, Schuit pointed out that while 50,000 honeybees sounds a lot, it could have been an even bigger problem. With this being the start of spring, the hive apparently wasn’t yet at full capacity, which would have seen around 80,000 to 90,000 bees.
As for the bees, they are all fine and dandy. Schuit’s son apparently found the queen and this ensures that the colony will be able to survive and thrive back at the Schuits’ farm.
However, Schuit did point out that while honeybees are being found in people's homes, where they are not wanted, they are becoming scarce in rural areas due to heavy pesticide use. Schuit has personally lost 65 million bees in just two years, and he wants people to take note.
"It's an environmental disaster. When we have no more pollinators, where are we going to get our fruit and vegetables from?" he said to CBCNews.
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