Breaking Out In Hives: Dealing With Honeybee Hassles (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 31, 2013 Updated Jun 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- A homeowner near Georgetown Square had tense moments this week, when he noticed a honey beehive had been built in his garage.

What are your options when confronting a problem like that?

You want to get rid of the bees, but they are a treasure not to be discarded lightly, since they are critical to the pollination of a wide variety of flowers, fruits and other plants.

None of that was comforting to the owner of a home in the 6800 block of Forest Wood Drive in Fort Wayne, when he called a beekeeper to deal with honeybees swarming on his property.

The honeybees were taken to another location.

The head of a honey farm operation in Huntington says there are laws protecting honeybees.

But she says at some point common sense has to take over.

" Bees have been struggling to stay alive, and we don't want to kill them if we don't have to, but if it's going to cause harm to people, or our families, then sometimes they have to be destroyed and taken out of the home," said Cindy Sheets, who runs Sweet Life Honey Farm.

Sheets says when bees are found in a home, and the property owner prefers to try and save them, it takes up to six weeks to get them all out.

They multiply and it's hard to trap them, because they find new ways in and out of your house.

The removal process is also expensive.

For help with that challenge, you can contact the Northeast Indiana Beekeepers Association.




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