Charleston man removes 5-foot hive from Summerville family home

Charleston man removes 5-foot bee hive from Summerville home
(Source: Eric "Critter" McCool)
(Source: Eric "Critter" McCool)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A 5-foot bee hive was removed from a Summerville family home Wednesday afternoon.

It all started when a man was working on a pool at his house off of Butternnut Road.

"The father was working on a pool pump and he noticed some bees were bothering him and coming in and out of a station socket," said Eric "Critter" McCool who responded to the home and discovered and removed the hive from an overhang.

McCool, who owns McCool Wildlife Control and Bee Extractions, said it took him about three hours to remove the hive which he estimated carried about 35 to 40 pounds of honey.

McCool, who's been doing bee extractions for nearly 22 years, says he was stung four times doing the removal of the giant hive which he says didn't amaze him since he's seen so much through the years.

"It was beautiful," McCool said of the hive."This is what I do for a living. I don't get too amazed."

According to McCool, he's given the bees to local bee keepers.

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