COLLINSVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) - Hello, readers!
We're working on a new series called "On the Job" here on Newscenter 11. I'll be shadowing people in different interesting fields, learning more about their professions. We kicked things off Wednesday night with this first edition about beekeeping.
Hope you enjoy!
When homeowners in Collinsville noticed some suspicious buzzing coming from one of their trees, they called in an expert to help, and that expert called me.
"What we're doing today with bees, safety is always a concern," Steve Neely joked as he helped me put on my mask and gloves. "We don't want Candace to run off here through the lake or anything."
Neely has been in the beekeeping/bee removal business for about a year now. He helps safely remove bees and put them in a new home.
"We've all heard about bee decline, so I just feel like I'm doing a little part to help," Neely explained. "Mainly, it's just intriguing the way it works, so I just became interested in it."
This bee removal was a cutout. We started by smoking the bees out and then cut into the tree with a chainsaw until we were able to carefully remove the hive.
Neely delicately vacuumed bees into a transport box, while he explained more about his business.
"My last name Neely, but when my grandkids were small, they couldn't say that, so I became Granddaddy Nee," he told me. "So I'm calling my company Nee's Bees."
All the vacuumed bees will soon be reunited with their combs, in a safer place.
"The scouts are looking for a permanent home, and we'll put those in a box and set them up and give them a new home, a furnished apartment," Neely said.
Now, the family no longer has a bee problem, the insects are safe, and there was an extra sweet reward for all our hard work: the freshest honey I've ever tasted.