This house is too sweet to abode, because of its special visitors.
About 30,00 aggressive bees are currently living in a New Jersey house, living inside the home’s walls. They were totally not happy to leave.
According to report, a homeowner in Hillside, New Jersey, near Newark, it was “really noisy” with honey bees “humming and huddled up together.”
The latter had no idea just how many bees had been lurking behind those walls.
According to a beekeeper, there were about 30,000 of them – and about 40 pounds of honey, his estimates after he was called to remove them.
“This is insane,” Mickey Hegedus, says the beekeeper.
“What I’m doing is I’m slowly cutting out each piece of lath – and as I do it, it just exposes more bees and more honey and more comb,” the third-generation beekeeper said in the video, as bees buzzed and darted from a large hole in the wall and latched onto his protective suit.
“These are Africanised – these are the most aggressive bees I think I’ve ever cut out of a hive.”
Furthermore, Hegedus, known in the New York and New Jersey area as Mickey the Beekeeper, told The Washington Post that it appeared that the bees had been getting into the house through an outside opening meant for electrical wiring.
Hegedus said the group of bees living in the house are so aggressive, they’re better foragers and collect more honey and build more comb than most bees; they’re also more defensive, he said.
Meanwhile, as of posting, New Jersey Beekeepers Association said, generally, exterminating bees is considered a last option.
“Should be left alone unless their hive is in conflict with human activity,” the association explained.
In such cases, the bees can be removed but “should be killed only as a last resort. Except for colonies residing within buildings or other indoor structures, it is illegal in some states (e.g. NJ) to kill honey bee colonies without approval from appropriate agencies,” according to an association pamphlet.
Hegedus said he was able to save about 95 percent of the hive, but because the bees were so aggressive, he was not able to keep them or give them away.
Instead, he said, he released them into an isolated area in Mountainside, New Jersey.