We’re not sure how people with bee allergies can be happy with this story, nor entomophobes who’d lose their minds simply hearing a fly in the room- never mind a bee. But here is a piece about one family in China who have lived with an “open” beehive in their living room for more than 12 years. They have even been successful at both collecting and selling honey as a source of income.
FOR THE BRAVE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL ONLY
There are systems like the BEEcosystem that those interested can get to enjoy the pleasures of beekeeping from their own home (kind of like an ant-farm, but bees). But for those a bit more brave there is always the option of letting bees colonize your home and let them have free reign. This family has done it for twelve years!
BEES COLONIZED FAMILY FURNITURE IN LIVING ROOM
A Pear video that recently went viral in China shows a home in Gunagnan, China, where bees have been living inside the wooden furniture for 12 years. Owner Yongfu Li says that they simply came in one day and started building their hive. There was a wedding in the family that day, and he viewed the arrival of the bees as a good omen, so instead of driving them away, the man just allowed them to build a home inside his living room.
BEES’ ARRIVAL CONSIDERED GOOD OMEN 12 YEARS AGO FOR FAMILY WEDDING
“The day these bees came was a great day (the wedding), I think they knew it was a great day,” Li said. “Fengshui masters said they came to work for me.” Taking the fengshui interpretation to heart, Yongfu Li let the bees build their hive and started collecting the honey they produced, three times a year. He ends up with about 5 kg of honey every time, which he then sells for around 100 RMB ($15) a pound, raking in a total of $450 a year. Not a bad deal, if you exclude having to share your house with hundreds of bees.
Li has now been sharing his house with a free colony of bees for 12 years – or so he claims – and even though the video doesn’t mention any bee stings, I think it’s fair to assume that the man and his family have been stung a few times during that time.