When a Miami woman noticed humming in the walls of her rental home six months ago, she knew something wasn’t right. Recently, the noise increased and began to sound like a motor was running behind the drywall, California-based NBC affiliate KSBY reported.
Thousands of honey bees were the source of all the noise. The property’s landlord, who lives nearby, attempted to assist the woman in ridding the home of the insects by spraying them. They discovered the problem was too big for them to handle when they learned the bees were living in the ceilings over two different bedrooms.
Insect control professionals were brought in to handle the situation. After removing the drywall from the affected areas, bees swarmed inside the house and outside. One expert told the renter that she had at least 60,000 bees living in the home.
The source reports that when the pest control professionals cut through the ceiling in one of the bedrooms, honey flowed from the cracks. The pests built honeycomb around the drywall and even in the cinderblocks. The drywall will need to be replaced, and the cinder blocks will need to be removed. The landlord fears a new infestation of rats or cockroaches if the bee infestation is not cleaned up properly.
State health officials have announced that six communities in Massachusetts will undergo pest control efforts in an attempt to eliminate disease-carrying insects.
Mosquitoes carrying eastern equine encephalitis are not unheard of in the area, but they are being found much earlier than in the past. The infected mosquitoes are usually first discovered in late July or early August, but this year were found in June. The state has found more of the pests with EEE so far this summer than all of the previous year.
EEE can be spread to humans through a mosquito bite, and is often fatal. No human cases have been reported yet this year.
Multiple communities have already been sprayed recently, but some will see more aerial spraying to eliminate more EEE-infected mosquitoes. Residents are advised to keep an eye on local media, which will announce the dates of the sprays once they are determined.
“It’s extremely important that residents in these communities take immediate steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said state Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach.
Homeowners can take precautions to prevent contracting EEE through simple insect control measures. Avoiding being outdoors between dusk and dawn can help prevent potentially deadly bites. Wearing insect repellent or wearing long pants and sleeves when outdoors can also assist residents in avoiding bites.
Hundreds of bees attacked a neighborhood in El Paso, Texas, when something disturbed a local man’s backyard beehives, according to El Paso-area Fox affiliate KFOX.
Firefighters were called to the scene to disperse the swarm of insects. The bees were discovered by a woman who noticed her dog had been attacked. The canine was stung trying to get to safety.
The fire department used foam to kill the aggressive pests, and found out the swarm had come from a neighbor’s beehives. Although beekeeping is not illegal in the area, it can be a risky venture, especially if young children or animals live nearby.
The source reported that the man plans to remove any surviving bees from his yard and relocate them to prevent a future swarm.
One neighbor said a similar situation has occurred with the man’s bees once already, and she fears another attack.
One firefighter was stung during the attack, but did not require medical attention. The dog has been reported to be in good condition.
Aggressive swarms of bees can be dangerous, and homeowners should use caution if they see a swarm. Pest control professionals should be contacted to handle such situations.
An enormous swarm of honeybees recently invaded a neighborhood in Isles of Capri, Florida. The swarm took over a light pole near a large condominium building.
Residents kept away from the swarm, unsure if they were Africanized bees, which can be very aggressive. The Marco Island Sun Times reported that after multiple residents became concerned about the situation and inquired when the bees would be removed, the condo building’s maintenance department contacted pest control professionals to determine how to best deal with the swarm.
After being told not to disturb the insects, the maintenance supervisor roped off the area around the light post and put up signs warning residents to keep clear of the post until the swarm had been dealt with.
The news source stated that it is likely the swarm consisted of wild honey bees and did not pose a serious threat to residents.
Some swarms can consist of Africanized bees, which can become dangerous if provoked or threatened by humans. Homeowners concerned about a beehive or swarms of the insects in their area should contact pest control specialists to handle the situation safely.
An enormous beehive has Port St. Lucie, Florida, residents pleading for pest control.
A giant beehive has taken over an abandoned home in a residential neighborhood. One homeowner told West Palm Beach-area CBS affiliate WPEC that from what she can see, the hive is taller than her young daughter.
Locals told WPEC that neighborhood children fear the hive and try to stay away from the home. One resident said that the situation was a tragedy waiting to happen. Even homeowners are fearful of the bees. WPEC reports that swarms of the insects swarm when some neighbors approach the abandoned home.
City officials told the source that they sympathize with the community, but there are rules they must abide by, since the hive is on private property. The city is making efforts to contact the homeowners, who neighbors say walked away from the property a while ago. Regardless of who ultimately deals with the problem, the homeowners will be held responsible for the cost associated with the bee removal, according to WPEC.
Homeowners concerned about bee infestations in their area should contact insect control professionals to inspect the problem and safely remove the pests.