Beehives stolen as New Zealand honey prices soar

Organized crime syndicates in New Zealand are stealing and trading lucrative beehives, according to reports.

Organized crime syndicates in New Zealand are stealing and trading lucrative beehives, according to reports.  (REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen, File)

Honey is liquid gold — and thieves in New Zealand want to tap into the industry’s skyrocketing prices.

Organized crime syndicates in that country are stealing and trading lucrative beehives, Reuters reports. Hive heists have risen with at least 400 bee or honey thefts in the final 6 months of 2016.

Buyer beware

Pest control is something homeowners can’t live with out and pest control professionals get a spring in their step every time they hear the phone ring and are asked for pest control inspection. But the ‘professionals’ who get that dollar sign rush and cartoon evil-eyebrow look after hanging up the phone with you, will try to take every opportunity to get as much money from you as they can.

There are some who will try to make you believe anything and everything to carry out their mission and some are just plain ignorant about figuring out your pest problem. It seems like many are just trained to get your hard-earned money.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter AntCarpenter Ants are large ants that destroy wood but do not eat the protein substance derived from wood particles like termites do. However, they are classified as a wood destroying insect.

Shavings are a signThe most common in North Texas is the Red and Black Texas Carpenter ant. The only external indication of infestation other than of workers and/or swarmers is the appearance of small openings or windows on the surface of the wood. Through these, the workers expel debris which consist of saw-dust like material or shavings and/or fragments of insulation and dead ant body parts. This is the result of enlarging a void cavity in order to move the queen and/or queens in and to also make room for the care of brood.

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