Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ontario couple finds honey, 80,000 bees in ceiling

Got Bees?
I hope not, at least not the way an Ontario Couple discovered it in their house. The story comes from CBC.
The Canadian Press
Posted: Jul 30, 2012 9:38 PM ET
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2012 11:41 PM ET

An Ontario couple say they had no idea that thousands of bees had settled in the first-floor ceiling of their home in Varney, Ont.

An Ontario couple say they had no idea that thousands of bees had settled in the first-floor ceiling of their home in Varney, Ont. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Never mind a house of horrors, this was a house of honey.

Homeowner Loretta Yates said she knew she had a "sweet mess" on her hands at her home in the small southern Ontario community of Varney, located more than two hours northwest of Toronto, when a crack in the ceiling started oozing honey last week.

"I guess with the cracked ceiling in the kitchen and the honey dripping on me — that was [the] time to get help," she said.

Loretta and her husband Kevin soon discovered the 1 1/2-storey house they live in with their 22-month-old son had a few unexpected guests: 80,000 bees nesting in two colonies in the first-floor ceiling.

Kevin Yates said he first noticed something strange around a week ago when he spotted a "blanket of bees" hovering in a thick swarm outside the kitchen door.

"They wanted in," he said.

He didn't realize the throng of bees at the doorstep were trying to do what thousands of the pests had already done — sneak themselves into the ceiling.

They couldn't get in, he explained, because it was already full of bees.

He said it wasn't long after that honey began to slowly drip from newly emerged cracks in the living room and kitchen ceilings, while a cascade of the sweet liquid even blew a lightbulb after filling it half-full of honey.

"Every hour honey would seep down to the ground on the floor," Yates said, adding he saw no bees leak down into the house along with the honey and that nobody was stung during the affair.

Yates said the couples' insurance company declined their request for help, saying the insurance policy didn't back them for bee infestations.

And a pest control company couldn't promise to get the bugs out for good, Loretta Yates said.

That's when she called beekeeper David Schuit, who with three other employees of Saugeen Country Honey on Monday took down the living room and kitchen ceilings and scraped the honeycomb loose.

It took them about six hours to get the job done, at a cost of around $1,500, her husband said.

The beekeepers captured one queen bee and recovered more than 100 kilograms of honey.


Have a bee-free day!


  1. wow....what a nightmare....thumbs down on the insurance company..it would be worth 1,500 to me to get the mess gone for sure...

  2. Well, that gives me the creeps. Definitely worth the money to get rid of them.

  3. That's about 80,000 more bees than I would want in my home!

  4. I saw that story earlier today. Best to keep an eye on ALL areas of the home it seems. I like bees, and they sure are necessary, but having them come to visit is not good.
    And to think, honey is quite expensive. Must have been doubly aggravating to not only spend all that money for the bee removal, but to then not get one drop of honey from the deal!

  5. I wonder what 100kgs. of honey is worth? Who got to keep that?

    Quite a horror story.


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