The Walls are Buzzing Because They're Full of Bees!

Helen and Jerry Stathatos got a beautiful garden and they know that they've got the bees to thank for it. So, for 20 years, they've tolerated a colony of bees that live in the walls of their house!

The situation at the Stathatos house on Virginia Road is getting sticky. So many bees live in the walls of the stately Tudor home that honey drips out of the walls, discoloring the wallpaper in the dining room.

The bees had been good tenants, peacefully coexisting for years with the home's human residents, Helen and Jerry Stathatos.

But lately the house has become a hive of activity, with bees buzzing around an upstairs bedroom, said Dustin Mackey, a bee removal expert with Bee Specialist. Mackey made a house call in late February to vacuum the busy insects from a window frame and seal the floor in the bedroom. "You walk into the house and it smells sweet," Mackey said. "I felt like I was in a jar of honey." [...]

Mackey said Stathatos decided against removing the bees because it might require them to pull down several interior walls, where "thousands, maybe millions" of bees have taken up residence.

Link - Thanks Preston Pittman!

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@MoonCake: all that honey can't be good for their wooden studs. I think VonSkippy is right: houses aren't built to be apiaries.

@DaMamaJama: I'd say that all that buzzing activities will keep the house warm!
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yea, honey bees are at an all-time low right now, which makes me wonder why these people haven't called in some bee keepers to harness the honey. they shouldn't relocate the bees because they would have to start all over again and they're obviously happy with their current dwelling. but bees are certainly an important key to the ecosystem and these people could probably make a pretty penny considering the teasure chest living inside their walls. if they're not about money, good for them and i hope they continue to live happily alongside their nest of bees. hypothetically, they could build the equity of their house..
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