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BEE-WARE: Giant hive discovered in backyard

BEE-ING CAUTIOUS: Heidi Carrington was called to her friend's house to remove a massive swarm of honeybees on Sunday.
BEE-ING CAUTIOUS: Heidi Carrington was called to her friend's house to remove a massive swarm of honeybees on Sunday. Contributed

HAVING an allergy didn't stop Heidi Carrington from removing a massive swarm of bees that found a new home in her friend's yard.

As thousands of bees formed around the honeycomb, the Hervey Bay resident geared up for the tricky task of cutting the hive away from the table on Sunday.

While some people would be deterred by the danger, the task fascinated Ms Carrington despite her allergic reaction to bees.

Luckily, she wore protective clothing to ensure she wasn't stung.

"I was fascinated, these things really interest me," Ms Carrington said.

"There were thousands of bees most likely... it's really exciting seeing something like this."

The hive and the bees have since been removed to a secure location.
 

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BEE-ING CAUTIOUS: Heidi Carrington was called to her friend's house to remove a massive swarm of honeybees on Sunday.
BEE-ING CAUTIOUS: Heidi Carrington was called to her friend's house to remove a massive swarm of honeybees on Sunday. Contributed

The phenomenon was so strange Ms Carrington consulted her local bee expert for an explanation.

"I was told there were a lot of beehives forming at the moment, it's quite popular at this time of the year because of the dry weather," she said.

"This seems to be the time of the year when hives do form."

HOW TO REMOVE A BEE SWARM:

  • For the safest approach, contact a local beekeeper or beekeeping group
  • Do not spray pesticide or any other chemicals
  • Do not throw sticks or rocks: they will only aggravate the bees

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