Claude Griffin, owner of Gotcha Pest Control, Houston, Texas, tells The Midland Reporter-Telegram that a recent honey bee infestation was one of the worst he’s faced during his 20-plus years as a pest management professional (PMP).
The southwest Houston home had two bee hives, nine to 12 feet tall and in some areas, three-feet thick, according to Griffin. He estimates the hives were home to 1 million-plus Africanized honey bees (AHB), according to a report in the The Midland Reporter-Telegram. According to information he received from the homeowner, Griffin says the hives had been at the home for 10-20 years. Maybe that explains why the job of removing the hives took Griffin over eight hours — and more than 40 stings.
Griffin tells PMP, “I was laid up for more than two weeks.” Still, it was a donated service for a home that was desperately in need, he says, and he was glad to do it.
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