LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A hive with thousands of bees was found inside a Louisville home. Instead of destroying the insects, one local company saved the colony.
Travis Becraft said one local family heard the buzz of nearly 70,000 bees in their stairwell. Black Diamond Pest Control worked to relocate all the bees safely because of their role.
"Bees make the world go round," Becraft said. "Not just items that we eat, but everything we do."
“If we lost our bee population, it would drastically impact our food sources,” Cave Hill Cemetery Horticulture and Landscape Manager Sarah Schaffner said.
Instead of killing bees, Black Diamond and Cave Hill Cemetery give them a new home.
“Bees are on a decline,” Schaffner said.
Nationally, some organizations believe honeybee populations are at risk. However, because of our water source and pollen, Becraft said locally, our bee population is strong.
"Bees in urban settings do better than in rural settings," Schaffner said.
Schaffner said the 11 hives at Cave Hill are a crucial benefit to our city, and should be protected.
One of the worst things you can do is to try and remove a beehive or bee colony on your own. That’s one way to upset the queen and put yourself in harm’s way.
Oldham County Beekeepers Association member Stephen Parker was on the site for the extraction and transferred the bees to their new home at his bee farm in La Grange, Kentucky.