Renters returned to their South Miami home Wednesday only to find that some of the bees that had been removed from the walls of their rented house were back.
“I am very afraid of bees,” said Luna Sentmanat-Perez. “I don't like bees, and it's my room that they're in apparently.”
Sisters Luna and Amanda Sentmanat-Perez stayed with their father overnight after bee removal specialists worked Tuesday to halt the infestation. The company removed drywall from the ceiling and found at least 60,000 bees living inside, so many that honey dripped to the floor.
But on Wednesday the bees were still congregating inside of the master bedroom and outside of a sealed hole. They also started at least one hive and left new honey streaks on window frames.
“I really felt that yesterday we took care of the problem, that today I wasn't going to wake up and get home and see any bees at all inside the room,” said renter and mother Maria Sentmanat-Perez.
Dozens of dead and dying bees were on the floor. The Florida Department of Agriculture said that the species needs to be depopulated if they come in close contact with humans, according to Willie Sklaroff, a bee removal specialist.
“So that we do not spread Africanized honeybees back to our domestic bees,” Sklaroff said.
He told NBC 6 South Florida that Africanized bees are much more aggressive and cannot be distinguished without a DNA test.
Sklaroff was in Plantation Wednesday killing bees and removing huge honeycombs from inside of a roof. His company gets calls from more than 2,000 homes a year about the problem.
Back in South Miami, Maria Sentmanat-Perez is still bugged by the bees. She's trying to find out where they're coming from.
There are 360,000 registered hives in Florida, each one with about 50,000 bees.