Cape Elizabeth gun club: Bees be gone

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Cape Elizabeth’s Spurwink Rod & Gun Club on Tuesday discovered a nest of honey bees on the club building. The bees were removed by Keith Kettelhut, also known as the Maine Honeybee Man, who said the nest was probably there for anywhere from nine to 21 days.

Keith Kettelhut said there were 15,000-20,000 honey bees nesting at the Spurwink Rod & Gun Club in Cape Elizabeth. On Tuesday, he removed the honeycomb and bees by scraping it from the wall and placing it in a box. He then transported the bees back to his home in Durham, where he has several bee yards.

Spurwink Rod & Gun Club President Tammy Walter said the club could have called an exterminator to have the thousands of bees killed, but they called Keith Kettelhut instead so the bees could be safely removed and kept alive.