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Bees in the fireplace: pensioner (84) wants to drive away swarm with stove smoke - shot backfires

2021-06-15T12:46:22.882Z

A pensioner from Freising discovers bees in his fireplace. To get rid of them, he vigorously heats up the stove. The shot backfires.



A pensioner from Freising discovers bees in his fireplace.

To get rid of them, he vigorously heats up the stove.

The shot backfires.

Freising

- Some go to the cellar to get a jar of honey from the pantry.

The others even drip honey from the chimney.

Hans Fischer (84) from Freising belongs to the second group.

On Saturday evening he noticed that bees had nested in his chimney - and made a fatal decision.

One that led to a larger fire brigade deployment.

“I saw that the bees have taken up residence close to the roof,” the 84-year-old reports to the FT.

So it's not easy to get there.

And so Fischer decided to light up the stove vigorously in order to drive the bees away with the smoke.

But the plan backfired.

Apparently the honeycomb had sealed the passage so tight that the smoke turned and flowed back into the living rooms and the cellar of the row house on Hallbergmooser Straße.

Fischer quickly got himself and his granddaughter, who was also present, to safety.

Both got outside unharmed, as stated in the Freising police report.

Smoke flows back into living spaces - the fire brigade has to come

The Lerchenfeld and Attaching fire brigades arrived with six vehicles and 26 emergency services.

"A group wearing respiratory protection put out the fire in the stove and removed the fire," said spokesman Florian Wöhrl when asked by FT.

Meanwhile, the building was cleared of smoke with a high-performance fan.

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Below is the fire brigade: the Lerchenfeld and Attaching fire brigades were able to clear the living rooms from smoke, but not the bees from the house.

© Lehmann

The swarm of bees was relatively unimpressed and could not be driven out of the fume cupboard.

A chimney sweeper called by the fire department was supposed to remove the honeycomb.

But it failed quickly, as Fischer reported.

After the chimney sweep was stung twice, he fled with the words: "This is too hot for me."

Beekeeper: Bees in the chimney - "It's totally rare"

Fischer will probably not get rid of his buzzing lodgers that quickly.

At least that's what Andreas Stuber, chairman of the Freising Beekeeping Association, is convinced of.

“It is very rare for bees to nestle in a chimney,” he explains to the FT.

"But once the bee has built itself in, you can't bring it out either."

It is true that you can actually drive bees away with smoke without harming them.

But since it can be assumed that the people have already laid eggs there, they always return to the place.

“You wouldn't let your children down either.” And in contrast to wasps or hornets, which live in nests, but in honeycombs, the people cannot simply be resettled.

This is not the first time retirees have had bees in the fireplace

The bad news for Fischer: Even the cold season won't solve the problem for him because bees can hibernate, as Danner emphasizes.

"If at all, the Varroa mite can kill the bee." The good news: "In contrast to wasps, bees are not aggressive at all, they only sting in absolute self-defense."

Apparently the long-suffering Hans Fischer has a very inviting fireplace.

Because it is not the first time that bees have settled in comfortably with him.

"I had the same fun two years ago."

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Source: merkur

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