Philadelphia family spent $12,000 to rehome 450,000 honeybees found occupying the walls of their house.
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IT’S UN-BEE-LIVABLE! Sara Weaver and her husband Jason knew that their new fixer-upper home needed a little sprucing here and there, but they weren’t expecting ‘450,000’ houseguests.

An estimated 450,000 honeybees are living in the walls of their house for 35 years.   

Last December, the Weavers bought their dream farmhouse, which was built in 1872 in Skippack Township, Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. 

They decided to make an offer right away because of the highly competitive real estate market and skipped the home inspection, and wanted to close the deal as soon as possible. 

The seller’s disclosure had a clause that read ‘bees in wall,’ but the Weavers assumed it would be reasonably easy to manage. How bad could it BEE? 

As spring approached, that’s when the problem arose. 450,000 problems. 

“We started to see bees, then more bees, then it was like a swarm, that’s when we called Allan.” Sara Weaver told CNN

Allan Lattanzi is a professional beekeeper who operates Yerkes Honey Farms. 

He told the Weavers that they had THREE colonies living in the walls of their house. 

“This is the biggest bee removal and reconstruction project I’ve ever done — and the most costly,” Lattanzi said. 

His bee-removal projects usually only involve a home’s exterior and cost around $2,500, but this project required construction and removal work inside the house, which will cost approximately $12,000.



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