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Barbecue beehive ‘bomber’ comes forward…

November 15, 2008 8:58 pm

So, the bee story continues… The guy called himself Joshua Horton (22) came forward in attempt to clear up his name. “I don’t think people fully understand what actually happened…” – he says…

Without much delay, here is the news story.

17:00 AEST Thu Nov 13 2008
2 days 3 hours 32 minutes ago
By Sean Cusick, ninemsn
The mystery man who outraged many readers by destroying a beehive that had taken over his barbecue has been found.

Perth man Joshua Horton contacted ninemsn in response to dozens of angry comments, in some of which he was labelled “ignorant” and “cruel”. (Read all the comments here)

“I don’t think people fully understand what actually happened,” Mr Horton, 22, said.


“We really had no idea how many insects were under there.

“It wasn’t making much noise at all — I thought there was maybe 20 bees or a little paper wasp’s nest under there.”

In pictures that quickly circulated via email, Horton documented himself taping a cockroach bomb to a garden rake before pushing it underneath a barbecue cover last Wednesday. (See all the photos here)

When he returned minutes later, over 1000 dead bees littered the scene — and eight large combs of honey were left hanging from the barbecue’s wooden shelf.

The mechanical designer says the barbecue was last left unused for less than two months, and he was amazed that the huge hive had been built in such a small space of time.

“I couldn’t believe the sound coming from under there when I put the can underneath,” Mr Horton said.

“I know people are upset, but I guarantee that if we had known the size of the beehive we would have called the professionals in to remove them.”

Horton says he was intent on cleaning the barbecue because he needed it for a charity sausage sizzle last weekend.

The beehive


Link to photo slideshow made by the news:

Hmm..not sure what to say on this… I am sticking to my story that the guy committed unnecessary act of cruelty. He knew there were bees there… If there were bees coming in and out – logically why do you think that is? Maybe, just maybe there could be a beehive there? Hmm…now how many bees do you think you will find even in a small beehive? Probably a lot…

Plus, judging by his initial comments he was pretty excited about the whole thing and nowhere did he mention his concern for the bees… or that “charity sausage sizzle” that he’s been cleaning the grill for…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. maria permalink
    March 30, 2009 9:13 am 9:13 am

    Whenever you have a bee problem, you MUST call a beekeeper FIRST to figure out if the problem is wasps or honeybees. To destroy honeybees is illegal and this moron should be fined, hell, I would send him to jail for a few days, see how he like his grill cleaned from now on. That is such an act of stupidity, you don’t put an insect bomb in a barbecue grill. Too bad he didn’t get the Darwin Award for doing that….those honeybees had a beautiful hive which could have been taken out SO easily be a beekeeper and put in a wooden hive…so easily….that is so sad.

    • July 15, 2009 5:56 pm 5:56 pm

      Thank you very much for you comment . I thought of Darwin Awards as I was writing the post – couldn’t agree more!

  2. Rocky permalink
    March 15, 2010 1:59 pm 1:59 pm

    Won’t someone please think of the childr– —er bees!

  3. jimmy keith permalink
    May 10, 2010 7:51 am 7:51 am

    I have a beehive in my home and where I live I cannot get anyone to come and remove it. They will only kill them. And as far as I know it is not againt the law, as Terminex was willing to kill them.

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