Who doesn’t like honey?

After all, it’s delicious, fat-free, and packed with healthy antioxidants.

Plus, numerous studies have proven its effectiveness as an anti-bacterial agent – backing up its traditional use in treating burns and wounds for centuries.

So who wouldn’t want MORE honey around their home?

Well – maybe this family in Tennessee…

During the renovation of a historic home in the town of Whiteville, TN, a hive of bees was discovered inside its walls. We’re not talking about a few bees. We’re talking a massive colony that took up almost 38 square feet – with 30 feet of honeycomb!

“This is huge,” said David Glover of Bee Rescue, “This is the biggie. This is the big one.”

Glover said they had to relocate the hive’s inhabitants, which included TWO queens, to another less intrusive location – two complete bee colonies.

According to EntomologyToday.org, springtime is peak “bee-swarming season” here in the USA. When beehives get overcrowded, the colony splits – sending off a swarm to find a new home.

Bees will look for a suitable place to put down roots, and anything that provides shelter is fair game.

Keeping your home free from the critters involves making sure any cracks or holes in your exterior siding are stopped up with caulking or metal screen. It’s also wise to keep your yard free from clutter, like unused appliances or lawn equipment, as the insects will use just about anything they can find that provides suitable shelter (see, I told you anything is fair game!).

If you do find yourself infested, make sure to get professional help – honeybees are essential to our food ecosystem. They’re not pests. You just want to make sure they live out their productive little lives somewhere else than under your roof.

Similarly, when planning for your financial future, you want professional advice as well. Give us a call at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or book online and we’ll work together to make your retirement as sweet as possible.

Nikki Earley, CFP®