Homeowner Discovers ‘Humming’ Inside Walls Was Actually 30K ‘Aggressive’ Honey Bees

  • A New Jersey homeowner stopped ignoring a 'humming' inside his home
  • An estimated 30,000 bees were discovered inside the walls
  • The bee removal company called the insects 'very aggressive'
Bees Inside Walls
via Mickey Hegedus

My house is over 100 years old and makes an insane number of odd noises. I’ve learned to ignore every creak, screech and grind because I don’t have the money to fix whatever issue is lurking behind the plaster.

I can relate to one homeowner in Hillside, NJ who heard humming noises coming from inside the walls. While my discord buried deep is probably just structural issues, this poor guy is dealing with 30,000 in the middle of the honey-making season.

A beekeeper was called to remove the unwanted guests and soon discovered these weren’t just any bees. They were “aggressive” little bastards and none too happy that their 40 pounds of honey was being screwed with.

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Mickey Hegedus, known around the Tri-State area as Mickey the Beekeeper, told The Washington Post that “the bees had been getting into the house through an outside opening meant for electrical wiring.”

“Because these bees 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. All of those factors, along with a warm spring, contributed to the hive’s large size.”

Hegedus shot video while removing the angry tenants and let’s just say I’m glad there are professionals who handle this work.

Because New Jersey is one of the few states where the destruction of bees is deemed illegal unless they’re impeding on human life, Hegedus had to remove all 30,000 ticked off buzzers. It wasn’t easy.

One or two of the bees escaped from a tiny opening Hegedus drilled into the wall to see inside and flew right into his hair and stung him. After he ripped down the enclosure, he was stung an estimated 30 times, in the area around his wrists where gloves and his protective suit offer zero coverage.

Hegedus told the Post that about 95 percent of the hive was saved, but he was not able to keep them or give them away, so he released them into an isolated area in Mountainside, NJ.