Bees build 100,000 strong nest in bedroom walls
More than 100,000 bees, two massive nests and one hell of job to remove them.
It took bee keeper Scott Whitaker more than 20 hours to remove the wild swarm found inside an Aroona home in what he said was an "epic job".
The Hinterland Bees owner said the bees had made themselves at home estimating they'd been there for about five years.
"The owners had received poor advice that if left alone they would eventually leave," Mr Whitaker said.
"Unfortunately, the nest grew and grew and the bees started to become quite defensive.
"They needed to be evicted."
Mr Whitaker said the biggest nest was found in the master bedroom walls.
"There was another nest, not quite as big as it was three years old but it had the potential to grow," he said.
"Often swarms will travel some distance to start a new nest, but in this case they've set up shop just around the corner."
The bee expert has been buzzing all across the Coast lately with swarms on the move.
"I've had at least 50 call-outs since the beginning of September," Mr Whitaker said.
"That's on top of trying to stop all of my own hives from swarming."
Mr Whitaker 's advice to people who came across an unwanted nest to call for help.
"Don't try to move them, call a beekeeper, the sooner the better," Mr Whitaker said.
"A swarm of bees is generally very gentle, however they can be defensive if the perceive anything as a threat."