MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Bee populations are dwindling across the country but, imagine finding a massive beehive inside a bush right outside your door.READ MORE: Blue Alert Issued Out Of North Florida County For Patrick McDowell, Accused Of Murdering Deputy During Traffic Stop
That’s what happened to a CBS4 photojournalist who called a professional and like any journalist, grabbed his camera to record the thousands of honeybees.
It’s nature at work. Watching honeybees furiously move in their hive. But, it’s not something you want to see right outside your house.
Three weeks ago one family in Southwest Miami-Dade noticed a small hive in their bush.
They called Willie Sklaroff, a Bee Removal Specialist, known as “Willie the Beeman”but he wasn’t initially worried.READ MORE: Orange County Officials Searching For 19-Year-Old Miya Marcano
He offered the following advice, “Go ahead and wait because most of the time when the swarm comes in, they leave and find a new home.”
But this colony decided to stay and grow. Now 3,000 bees call it home. That amount can be dangerous for people and pets who live nearby.
“These bees are not aggressive, but they could become aggressive at any time,” said Sklaroff.
A federal survey found more than 40% of honeybee colonies have died since last summer across the country.
That’s why removal specialists, like Sklaroff, try to remove and then relocate the bees. Unfortunately, that was not possible this time.
“For me to save these bees would be impossible because of the way they built the hive around the birds nest,” said Sklaroff.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida
He said destroying the hive and then removing it is the only option. He says always call a professional and do not try to remove it yourself.