One thing’s for certain.
Only someone with a very deep passion for bees would plant a big, wet kiss on a swarming, buzzing hive of the little critters.
Ask Curtis Hardy, owner of Quinte Bee Rescue, the bee’s knees when it comes to removing an unwanted beehive from inside a home or structure around these parts.
Owner and curator of 35 beehives at his Prince Edward County home, Hardy, 40, has made it his life’s mission – when not repairing aircraft at 424 Search and Rescue Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton – to save and care for one of life’s most important creatures.
As bee populations decline around the world, Hardy spends much of his down time rescuing bee hives that have dug in inside old homes across The County.
Last weekend, at the behest of the homeowner, Hardy gingerly coaxed 70,000 bees out of a home chimney on Valley Road near Ameliasburgh as well as an estimated 20 gallons of pure honey.
Saving them, instead of using pesticide to rid them in a home, is critical at a time when herbicides and loss of habitat are killing off bees across Canada and abroad posing a real threat to nature considering bees are an essential pollinator giving life to the planet.