ALTON, IL — A routine job for a tree service company, turned into a honey of a deal for a local beekeeper. Ameren partnered with Wright Tree Service and local beekeeper Johnny Murdock to successfully rescue a honeybee hive from a cottonwood tree in Alton.
Chris Lorenz is the Safety Supervisor with Wright Tree Service. He says the main goal was to not disturb any of the bees in the log.
Several of the cottonwood limbs were deemed hazardous hanging over power lines. Once surrounding vegetation was safely removed and tree trimmers had a clear path to the bee-infested limb, a cotton T-shirt was placed over the entrance of the hive so the bees would not swarm the journeyman. The journeyman then used a chainsaw to cut away the limb and a pulley-system to lower the log safely to the ground.
Beekeeper Murdock arrived later to gather the hive with a piece of equipment he personally made to remove honeybees. Murdock relocated the hive into a honeybee box at his home.