Words are simply not adequate for how impressed I was when Michael Foster, the owner of BeesBegone performed a honey bee removal for us here at the Scottsdale 2000 Community Complex. The discovery of a bee hive in a grapefruit tree near one of the owner's condos was both delightful and disturbing. Having never seen a bee hive before it was really neat to watch them busily working to do whatever it is that bees do...to make honey. Their hive was beautifully positioned in the tree and it just looked like one of nature's natural wonders. Unfortunately, when the gardeners came to mow under the tree they became aggressive and removal was an absolute necessity.
The homeowner who lived within a few feet of the tree was greatly distressed and quick action needed to be taken. We began to research bee removal in our area on the internet. There were many beekeepers listed who promised satisfactory results and we called several, all of whom described the africanized bees as aggressive and recommended extermination. We had been hoping that a beekeeper could find a way to remove the hive and save the bees. It didn't seem possible. We decided to use the services of Michael Foster of BeesBegone for a couple of reasons. Even though he said he didn't think the bees could be saved, he came across as both professional and compassionate as he explained the nature of the africanized bee and how dangerous they could become when they set up residence in places such as ours. The second factor in hiring him was that he was less expensive than anyone else we spoke to and sensed our concerns for the safety of our resident who lived near the bees.
I had no idea what a fantastic experience was ahead for me. He was right on time, calling ahead to let us know he was on his way. At the time I asked him if I could be around to watch the removal. He told me to put on a long sleeve shirt, jeans and shoes that covered my feet well. When he arrived he gave me a beekeeper's jacket with the hooded face guard to protect me from the bees if they got aggressive. He also told me what to do if they should become viscous.
He put on his bee suit over his clothes and got right to work. The hive was approximately 18 inches high and a foot in diameter and centrally located in the tree. After he got on his ladder and inspected the hive he decided, much to my delight, to try to save the hive and bees. While I watched, fully protected, and took pictures of him in action, he did exactly that. He was able to remove the hive and live bees, with basically no damage to the tree.
It was a story with a very happy ending as he put the hive and bees in the back of his vehicle to take home with him and to integrate into his own bee colony.
I can't recommend Michael Foster of BeesBegone highly enough. Not only did he do what he said he would...when he would...and for the price he said he would charge...be he also proved to be professional who is also a friend of nature.
Thank you, Michael, for such a great experience. Please feel free to have anyone who has any doubts give me a call. I will be more than happy to confirm my testimonial.
Scottsdale 2000 Condominium Community