Recently a bee keeper removed thousands of bees and buckets of honey from inside the walls of a home in Elk Grove, California. At first the homeowners thought the buzzing might be an electrical problem but soon feared bees had moved into their bedroom walls. “I heard the buzzing, louder than my electric toothbrush,” homeowner Jennifer Ferkel told the local CBS news station. “I turned it off and then I heard the drones.”
An estimated 40,000 honeybees were found living behind the dry wall and insulation of Ferkel’s home. Honeycombs built between the wall studs yielded about 5 pounds of honey. Let than a month old, if left untreated the bee colony would quickly have doubled in size.
The Ferkel’s problem isn’t as rare as it might seem. Ten years ago, honeybees found their way under my neighbors’ siding in Chicago with similar results. My neighbors not only had to replace the siding along one side of their home, but also the wallboard in two rooms that had become soaked with honey. It took much longer to completely remove the sickening smell of fermented honey that permeated their home for months.
If you hear buzzing in your walls or ceiling or start finding bees in your home (they can enter through electrical sockets), call a pest control professional immediately. Click here for more information on bees and wasps.