Crews remove 10 year old beehive from historic church column in Jackson

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There was a lot of buzz around the Cathedral of Saint Peter in downtown Jackson as crews worked to remove a 10 year old beehive from the church column.

As WJTV’s Margaret-Ann Carter reports church leaders brought in an expert beekeeper to make sure all of the bees were relocated safely.

It was a sting for thousands of bees as their home at the historic Cathedral of Saint Peters was invaded

“The beehive has been there probably 10 to 12 years and we’ve always known that we would have to do some sort of repair or restorations to the columns and that the bees would have to go,” Traci Avalon with St. Peter’s Cathedral said.

With the dwindeling honey bee population across the nation Traci Avalon knew they needed to carefully remove these bees with the help of an expert.

“What we’ll do is take a saw or a skill saw and set just the depth of the wood, that way when we cut the wood, we won’t be cutting the honeycomb itself, so that way the bees won’t get disturbed or mad as bad, but they will get mad because of the vibrations, and then we’re opening up their nest and it’s like somebody is coming in and opening up our front door,” beekeeper, Michael Everett said.

Beekeeper Michael Everett guided restoration crews through the delicate process of removing these busy bees from a nearly 100 year old structure.

“I’ll just put on a pair of gloves and physically take a serrated knife and hold the comb and cut it and then I will take that out, shake it in a box that I have honeycomb in already, and then the bees will go in there and we’ll put a lid on them,” Everett explained.

Crews with Durable Restoration suited up and worked alongside Evertt to remove the bees and honey from inside.

“What we’re trying to do is get everyone out safely. This is a very well known hive in the community the building next door they always ask about what we was doing when they saw us up there handling the tools and equipment,” Adam Holtom with Durable Restoration said.

It was a sweet victory for Avalon and the church. She was able to take back some of the honey which she plans to jar and sell to raise money for the church.

As for the bees they’ll be relocated to Mississippi State Experimental Station in Crystal Springs.

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