WASHOUGAL, Wash. -- Ron Prindle has a long history of beekeeping. His father did it. So did his grandparents. But this past Friday he saw something he'd never seen before.
“That thing was completely solid packed full of bees. I’ve never seen a pack of bees like that in my life,” he said.
That thing Prindle was referring to is Anne Hargreave's Washougal home. A swarm of bees had taken over her downstairs den.
“I opened the door and OMG I saw this amazing sight," she told KGW. "They were blocking some of the light, there were so many of them.”
The honey bees had come in through Anne's chimney, which was also packed full of bees.
“I would have liked to have seen that swarm come around that house," Prindle said. "I bet it blocked out the sun.”
He estimates he removed ten pounds of honey bees, filling up three-and-a-half hives.
Those hives are now in his backyard where he says the bees are doing great.
In his ten years of beekeeping Prindle says he'd never seen a swarm as large as this one.
Experts say there are more swams and bigger swarms this year.
“It has a lot to do with the weather,” Prindle explained.
The warm spring we're having has allowed the bee populations to ramp up earlier. That means more bees and bigger swarms.
Anne was thankful she was able to save the swarm that found a home in her house.
It took Prindle two days to remove all the bees. But everything went smoothly. No one got stung.
In fact, experts say when bees swarm they are actually very calm and will only sting when aggravated.