Bees Take Up Residence Inside Home's Drywall

Honey started dripping from the ceiling when workers cut through it Tuesday

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    Tens of thousands of bees were found inside the South Miami home of Maria Sentmanat. (Published Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012)

    When workers started tearing down the drywall at a home in South Miami Tuesday, they uncovered honeycombs that stretched across the ceiling and down the walls. Countless bees swarmed indoors and outside.

    Maria Sentmanat had been renting the home for nearly two years.

    Bees Take Up Residence Inside Home's Drywall

    [MI] Bees Take Up Residence Inside Home's Drywall
    Workers discovered countless bees swarming in the walls of a South Miami home Tuesday. Tenant Maria Sentmanat and landlord Santiago Alvarez tell NBC 6 about the unusual find. (Published Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012)

    "Six months ago I could hear humming in the walls. I mean, every night. It was very persistent, the humming and then in the last two months it was like a little motor running in the walls," she said.

    Woman Injured and Dogs Killed in Bee Attack

    Her landlord, Santiago Alvarez, lives right behind the home. The two of them started spraying some of the hives on Monday and discovered bees had also gotten into the ceiling of her daughter's bedroom.

    "I was in there to my arm, and I had a rake, a hoe, and I was like pulling out the hive so I couldn't get in any deeper," said Alvarez.

    On Tuesday, when workers cut through the ceiling in the master bedroom, honey started dripping. After tearing down all the drywall in the master bedroom affected by the honeycombs, it became obvious that bees had also taken up residence inside the cinder blocks.

    "If you leave that stuff in there you'll get rats and cockroaches. There's already little maggots in there and stuff," Alvarez said.

    A bee expert told Sentmanat Tuesday night that at least 60,000 bees had been living in her walls.

    Bees infesting a home, a tree or even an upside-down garbage can is not uncommon in South Florida.

    In 2009, pest control workers found a massive bee problem at a home in Davie.

    And last year a Miami man died when was attacked by bees inside his house and fell off a chair.
     


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