Bees are an essential part of our planet’s ecosystem and when Texas Bee Works heard about a colony of bees living in a house under the threat of extermination, they jumped right into action.
A recent TikTok video doing the rounds on the internet has left netizens impressed at how Erika Thompson, the beekeeper behind Texas’ bee saving organisation saved a colony of bees. In a viral TikTok video posted by Texas Bee Works, Erika is seen shifting thousands of bees to a safer place after the landlord of the house was planning on exterminating the bee colony infesting under its floors. Erika was called by the family that was living in the house who wanted to save the bees.
The video shows how Erika used her skills to transfer thousands of bees and their beehives to a new place so that the house gets rid of the bees and there is no harm done to the tiny creatures as well. Erika is seen removing the wooden flooring in the video that reveals how the bees have built large colonies underneath the floor. She started to remove the original hive to a new place and some of the bees followed it to the new place. After all the honeycombs were shifted to the new place, Erika scoops out the left over group of bees and shifts them to their new home. The bees marched into their new home without any hesitation.
After a while a stream of bees automatically started moving into the new hive. As the stream of bees was moving out of the floor, Erika waited to spot the Queen Bee and when she spotted her, she safely caught her in a clip and transferred her to the new house. Erika narrates in her 59 second video that when the queen bee was safely transferred to the new home there bees started sending signals to other bees to find their way home to the new hive. She left the shed open overnight and by the next day the entire bee colony had shifted to the new place.
The TikTok video has certainly impressed netizens as it has been viewed over six million times on Twitter with over 248.6k likes and 54k retweets. The reactions range from complete surprise to complete fear. One of the users commented, how they can get this job while another user wrote that they are shook by the fact that bees don’t sting her.
As someone who has to carry an epipen around, this video fills me dread and awe.— Jonathan Flora (@JonathanFlora3) March 15, 2021
Woah! I would not do this!!— David Briggs (@grumpyeconomist) March 15, 2021
what is your JOB and how can i DO IT TOO 👀🐝— Emily Bell (@tinysunflower1) March 15, 2021
Mad respect. Never been stung so I keep a healthy distance from bees, hornets and wasps. You go, bee lady!— DM Romer (@dm_romer) March 15, 2021
Wow. What a brave lady.— Virginia smith (@smith_plandcs) March 15, 2021
Erika, a professional beekeeper based in Austin, has earlier too shared quite a lot of videos of herself bravely handling thousands of the buzzing insects.