When pest control worker Kevin Smith got the call to remove a swarm of bees from the walls of a Caledon, Ont., house, he had no idea what was in store for him.
“The more boards that we published, the more combs that came out. And eventually, I guess after three or four planks, we started to show the size of the hive which we were dealing with,” Smith, the owner of ICE Humane Wildlife Removal & Pest Control, told As It Happens sponsor Carol Off.
“We were cutting off combs which were likely a foot-and-a-half long and 18 inches wide, and we would cut off four of them and realized there was a whole other row in the back. And then we cut those off, and we realized there was a whole other row at the back.”
The honey bee hive was growing inside the home’s walls for a minimum of 10 years, says Kevin Smith of ICE pest control.
In the long run, they ended up with three 2.5-gallon buckets filled with bees — about 100,000 of these.
And it turns out that mammals, much like people, aren’t big fans of moving.
“Everyone got stung at one point,” Smith said. “They weren’t very content.
He estimates it would take a least 10 years, “if not more,” for the people to swell to almost 100,000.