Giant bee colony halts church repairs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A swarm of trouble for workers restoring one New Haven church. A giant bee colony on the side of the steeple was keeping workers anything but busy.

New Haven’s Pilgrim Congregational Church needed some work done on its steeple, so it called the folks from Valley Restoration to do that work. Normally that wouldn’t generate much buzz but this was different because attached to the side of that steeple was a giant bee colony that was very much in the way.  bee hive

“It was a hazard to our health, a hazard to our workers, a hazard to the community. They provide our honey, but you’ve got to take precautions working around them,” said Daniel Smith, Valley Restoration.

They called in American Bee Specialists, and got an expert to go up high above Grand Avenue and carefully remove what turned out to be a three foot high, three foot deep collection of honeycomb.

It took the beekeeper about an hour, hour and a half to take apart the beehive and its honeycomb up there. He didn’t remove all the bees. That would be too tough. But he did find the one that really counted, hiding out in there.

bees in steeple   They even found the royal chamber of the queen bee herself.

“The queen goes on and lives happily ever after with the rest of her eggs and the colony that’s left behind, the workers will either join other colonies or just go their separate ways,” said Smith.

And once they do, the restoration can continue buzz-free.

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