Thousands of bees take residence at abandoned motel

Created: 04/28/2014 7:01 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Travelers on Route 66 can easily overlook the De Anza motel as they enter Nob Hill.

It’s deserted now, owned by the city, preserved because of its historic nature and waiting to be re-developed.

"De Anza is sort of a sign post for Nob Hill for people coming down Route 66 from the east" said Robert Munro who owns O’Neill’s Pub across the street. Munro is also the President of Nob Hill Main Street.

He is not surprised that a different kind of traveler settled into this prime location.

Security guards at the motel recently found at least four honey bee hives.

“It’s been protected by security guards for so many years that it must be a nice haven for the bees,” he said, “Nobody is in there bugging them.”

Gallons of honey are behind the walls. One hive alone has 95,000 bees.

“When they're removing them I hope they don't get angry and come across to my patio,” Munro said.

Volunteer beekeepers will start the bee-removal process this week when the wind dies down.

City officials say the beekeepers can keep the local honey and cones they collect.

Munro hopes the motel will someday be a place that appeals more to people once again.

“We have this great big patio that overlooks The De Anza. So every single day we get to look at what has become an unfortunate eyesore,” he said.

The bees will be adopted by The Open Space Visitor Center Program that will find a home for the hives.

Beekeepers say they cannot remove the bees if it's cold because it could kill the queen bee.

That means they'll have to wait for the winds to die down and for it to warm up.

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