North Carolina Toddler's 'Monster' in Wall Revealed as Massive Bee Colony

A 3-year-old's claims of 'monsters' in her wall turned out to be a massive 50,000-bee hive, causing $20,000 in damage. Beekeepers safely relocated the bees, highlighting the importance of professional removal.

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North Carolina Toddler's 'Monster' in Wall Revealed as Massive Bee Colony

North Carolina Toddler's 'Monster' in Wall Revealed as Massive Bee Colony

A family in Charlotte, North Carolina made a startling discovery after their 3-year-old daughter, Saylor Class, had been complaining for months about hearing 'monsters' in the walls of her bedroom. The parents initially dismissed her claims, but eventually called in beekeepers after noticing an unusual number of bees around their 100-year-old farmhouse.

Using a thermal camera, the beekeepers revealed a massive hive of over 50,000 honeybees hidden behind the walls of Saylor's room. The bees had gained access through a small hole in the chimney and caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to the home's electrical wiring. "Saylor kept complaining about hearing 'monsters in the wall' of their home," the family reported.

It took several days and multiple extractions to remove up to 65,000 bees and 45 kilograms (100 pounds) of honeycomb from the walls. Beekeeper Curtis found the queen bee along with over 20,000 honeybees during the first extraction alone. By the third extraction, between 55,000 and 65,000 honeybees had been safely relocated to a honeybee sanctuary.

The family documented the removal process on TikTok, showing the large hole in the wall and the thousands of bees hiding in their honeycombs. "We had only noticed a few bees around the house initially," the surprised family stated. "Despite the thermal camera showing 'a lot of activity', we did not realize the full extent of the beehive until the wall was opened up."

Why this matters: This incident highlights the importance of properly identifying and safely removing bee colonies from homes. Honeybees play a vital role in our ecosystem, and their populations have been declining in recent years. Professional beekeepers can ensure the bees are relocated humanely without causing harm to the insects or the home.

The family is now working to return to normalcy and clean up their home after the bee infestation. The damage to the house's electrical wiring is estimated to cost over $20,000 to repair, which the family's insurer will not cover as it is considered preventable. They have to wait two weeks before they can safely seal the hole and repair Saylor's bedroom. "Saylor was relieved to learn that the 'monsters' she had been hearing were actually bees," the family shared in their viral TikTok video documenting the incredible discovery and removal process.

Key Takeaways

  • 3-year-old girl heard 'monsters' in bedroom wall, turned out to be 50,000 bees
  • Beekeepers found massive hive behind wall, causing $20,000 in electrical damage
  • Over 65,000 bees and 100 lbs of honeycomb removed from home over several days
  • Importance of proper bee colony removal to protect bees and homes
  • Family's insurer won't cover repair costs as infestation was considered preventable