For most people, hearing the sound of animals, or insects for that matter, anywhere near your house can be one of the most unsettling of sounds.
One woman from Ducateer, Georgia decided to investigate what the “buzz” coming from the side of her house was all about. What she found wasn’t too out of the ordinary—a bunch of bees. Except it didn’t end there.
“I was never scared of them before, but when all those bees started flying, I was like, ‘I’m out of here.'”
Lisa Ohrmundt called her friend, who also happens to be a beekeeper, to take a look at the property for the source of the buzzing. He brought over a bee box to lure the bees into it but they couldn’t trap the hundreds that swarmed them even if they wanted to, although they did manage to lead some of the honey bees away from the house.
“I was never scared of them before, but when all those bees started flying, I was like, ‘I’m out of here,'” she told CBS. But they weren’t finished.
“It looked like a scene from ‘Dexter,'”
Bobby Chaisson, who works for Georgia Bee Removal, set off to do just that—remove the remaining bees from his friends house. But first, he had to locate the hive. With the help of a heat sensor, he discovered the massive hive tucked away in the ceiling, above Ohrmundt’s living room.
Chaisson climbed up a ladder, cut into the ceiling, and pulled back the sheetrock, revealing thousands of bees—120,000 bees to be exact—hidden in Ohrmundt’s ceiling.
The thousands of bees started to fall out of the ceiling, and Lisa couldn’t believe her eyes. “It looked like a scene from ‘Dexter,'” she recalled.
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Neither of them expected to find a hive of this size.
It took Chaisson about 6 hours to suck the bees off the 6-foot-long honeycomb with his vacuum, and the beekeeper was stung 10 to 15 times in the process. He plans on relocating the bees safely.
Given the size of the hive and the honey, Chaisson estimates the bees must have been in Ohrmundt’s ceiling for at least 2 years. The honey alone weighed 60 pounds.
Ohrmundt joked that her roommate was “furious” for not recovering any of the honey, but she said the beekeeper promised to keep her some of it.