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Lee Co. Courthouse renovation faces a stinging problem

Wasps are causing a problem with the renovations of the Lee County Courthouse. (Source: WALB) Wasps are causing a problem with the renovations of the Lee County Courthouse. (Source: WALB)
On Thursday, officials brought in a Georgia master beekeeper to take a look at the courthouse. (Source: WALB) On Thursday, officials brought in a Georgia master beekeeper to take a look at the courthouse. (Source: WALB)
Scaffolds were being built around the courthouse this week when workers had to stop because of the wasp attacks. (Source: WALB) Scaffolds were being built around the courthouse this week when workers had to stop because of the wasp attacks. (Source: WALB)
The roof structure of the Lee County Courthouse is infested with wasps nests. (Source: WALB) The roof structure of the Lee County Courthouse is infested with wasps nests. (Source: WALB)
Dale Richter (Source: WALB) Dale Richter (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

The Lee Courthouse renovation project has hit a real stinger of a delay, one that could be a danger to the construction workers.

The roof structure of the Lee County Courthouse is infested with hundreds of wasps nests.  

Drone footage of the courthouse was shot on Wednesday to help county officials determine just how bad the problem is. 

On Thursday, officials brought in Dale Richter, a Georgia master beekeeper to take a look at the courthouse.

Scaffolds were being built around the courthouse this week when workers had to stop because of the wasp attacks.

Protected by a bee suit, Richter removed sections of the metal roofing and found hundreds of nests riddled throughout.

"We're going to have to actually tear out the old metal that is up there and get to the nests where they are in the hollow parts," explained Richter. "This is a very old courthouse, up there of course. It's got a lot of hollow part and nests. There is no other way to get to them."

Now, county officials are planning strategies to kill the wasps and remove the nests, while protecting the workers.  

Richter said that it's probably going to be a long job.

"Just work with them as they go. There is no quick fix to this," said Richter. "It's going to be an ongoing, as we tear stuff down. Getting to each individual nest."

Workers repairing the old Lee County Courthouse now face the dangers of stinging wasps, as well as working up high.

The Lee County Courthouse renovation is part of it's 100 year celebration, as officials work to keep it's progress on track, despite some aggressive residents.

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