PASADENA, Texas—A bee wrangler in Pasadena called it a "mountain of hell," but he agreed to venture into hell anyway—for free—to rid a Pasadena homeowner of a dangerous bee problem.
Adam Ybarra and his wife, April, complained for months about a swarm of bees coming from a neighbor’s wall just across a small yard from their driveway carport.
"They’re just a nuisance. A nuisance to society," said Ybarra, whose wife is allergic to bee stings. Their daughter also suffers from epilepsy, and they fear she could be stung by the swarm as well.
"This hive is giving me the appearance it’s only gonna be a little bit," said Claude Griffin with Gotcha Pest Control, looking at the swarm of bees crowded around a small hole in the siding of the house. "But I think it’s just a façade for the mountain of hell that’s fixin’ to be here."
Griffin agrees to provide bee removal up to 20 times a year for free for families like the Ybarras, who can’t afford the bill that sometimes comes to several hundred dollars. And as Griffin cut into the siding and removed several strips of honeycomb up to 10 feet long, he estimated the swarm to be about 80,000 strong.
"This is a Texas-sized beehive," he said, safely secure inside his protective bee suit while holding aloft one of the massive strips of honeycomb.
"Thank you, thank you," said Ybarra. "I’m terrified of bees. I got stung 20-something times when I was a small kid. I couldn’t face that again, getting stung by that many bees."
Griffin said he removed the vast majority of the bees, including the queen, and planned to transport them to a farmer in Sealy who can put them to good use.