Non-profit group rescues elderly woman from bees

SAN ANTONIO -- When an elderly San Antonio woman discovered she had bees infesting her home, she got stung -- twice. Not by the bees, but by the companies she called to get rid of them.

Norma Ramon said they took her money and did nothing. But then, she finally found someone to take care of her problem for free.

When the removal was done, Ramon, who is 72 years old, bit into a honeycomb that had been inside her home for half a year.

She was all smiles, but that wasn't always the case. The side of her home was infested with honey bees. She said she hired two companies to come to her home to remove the bees, but they never solved her problem.

"(They charged me) close to $300," she said. "I'm a senior citizen so I'm on a budget."

She decided to call her councilman, Diego Bernal.

"And I explained my problem. Before I knew it, they were over here," she said.

Central Texas Bee Rescue rushed to Norma's aid. The non-profit launched in Austin but now operates in San Antonio, where business is plentiful.

"Honey bees are beautiful," said Walter Schumacher with Central Texas Bee Rescue, but he also said they can be potentially dangerous.

Schumacher said a beehive grows 18 inches every year.

"So now we are at 4 feet," said Schumacher about Ramon's beehive. "This is dangerous. It becomes life-threatening."

Schumacher and his crew did not need to exterminate these bees. They were rescued. The little guys will be moved to a honey comb at the Omni Collonade where they'll live on fruit and flowers and in return give the hotel the gift of raw wild honey.

"I think it's awesome as long as they take the bees away from my house," she said.

The honey from the rescued bees is eventually bottled up and sold at Whole Foods on San Pedro. The proceeds go right back into the organization to rescue more bees.


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