Sevia Moore called exterminations to help with a pest problem up in her attic, but when they got up there, they found more than what they expected. The 98-year-old thought she had a small beehive somewhere in her house. Little did she know her home had become the breeding ground for more than just a bit of a bee problem. There were over 20,000 of them.
She had bees into the thousands making a bee kingdom inside her house and attic canopy. Along with them, rats and squirrels were also up there enjoying the bees’ honey. What it amounted to was basically, the woman’s house had become one colossal honeycomb.
Moore thought the bee colony had been up there for about a year, said Leo Cross, the founder of Florida Wildlife Trappers, but she did not even realize the full extent of what was going on inside her own house.
Cross added that it was kind of mind-boggling not to know that there was a beehive of that size upstairs in a person’s own home.
Moore explained she was never disturbed by the insects up in the attic nor did she notice their buzzing. She even added that when she went outside she did not notice any bees flying around. She never realized just how huge the actual beehive was until her granddaughter took her up to the attic and showed it to her. She was stunned when she saw it and knew right then she had to call for help.
Trappers from the wildlife refuge used hoses from vacuums to suck up the multitudes of bees and put out traps for the small animals. The squirrels and rats were most likely having a good time up in the attic with the honeycomb, Cross stated. They were eating the sweet honey and getting fat.
The bees were transported to a safe location because honey bees are important to the environment, and should never be killed if at all possible. The honey bee population is in big trouble at this time. They are really hurting. That is why it is extremely important to try and always save them if possible. This way the bees can continue to reproduce. Honeybees are extremely important for the environment.
More traps have been put out for the rodents because rats and mice reproduce every couple of days. That job can be ongoing. They are trapped humanely and taken elsewhere as well and released in safe areas.
Bees and wasps constantly look for dry, warm places to make nests; therefore attics are the perfect places for them. However the bees are able to destroy wood with their pointed maxillae. The majority of the human population is able to recognize bee invasions by the holes the insects bore as entrances to where they have their nests, along with cracking sounds they make inside ceilings and walls.
But opposed to widespread belief, most hives will not buzz unless they feel they have been disturbed, even if they are over 20,000 of them in there. The lady from Florida is living proof of that, but she is 98, so why not give the lady a break.
Written by: Kimberly Ruble