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Thousands of bees nest in home

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A South Shreveport home has bit of a bee problem. Thousands of bees are probably living in this house's roof. Hundreds can usually be seen flying in and out of a small opening along a corner. Chris Bowman lives there and says he keeps away from them.

"We try our best to stay as far away from them as we can," Bowman said.

Bees in homes aren't uncommon. Beekeeper Randy Fair manages hives at the Norton Art Gallery. He also removes bees from homes.

"We have cut down all the old oak trees," Fair said. "That's one reason why we're seeing a lot more bees moving into houses."

Fair says bees can crawl through holes the size of pencils to get into a home. It can cost hundreds to have them removed.

"If it's a real nice home and I have to go get scaffolding, you have to put the sheet rock back," Fair said. "It could cost several thousand dollars."

Fair says every last bee will be removed. So, wall demolition is often required. The cavity they nested in must be filled, as well. It's also important to remove all traces of the bees or more will track their scent and move in again.

"After you get the bees out, you need to clean that area with common household bleach," Fair said. "It will do  a good job of cleaning the inside of that area. What you are doing is removing the odors of the wax, honey and the pheromones that the bees have placed in there."

Fair says to let a professional remove the bees. Bowman says his family hopes to find one soon.

"We're trying to get them out as fast as we can to keep anyone from around here, especially our neighbors and any children in the neighborhood from getting from getting stung," Bowman said.

Fair says it's important not to just kill the bees because they're extremely important to the ecosystem and farms. Bee removers will often relocate them to safe locations.


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