Family Shocked to Find 60,000 Bees Living In Their Walls


As kids, some of us might have been afraid of monsters living under our bed or in our closet. Three-year-old Saylor Class of Charlotte, North Carolina believed she heard a creature moving in her walls while she tried to sleep, but it turned out to be a very real problem. 

According to WSOC, the three-year-old had just watched Monsters, Inc. with her parents, and they believed that she was just scared and her imagination was running wild. “We even gave her a bottle of water and said it was monster spray so that she could spray away any of the monsters at night,” her mom Ashley Massis Class told Good Morning America.

Over the next several weeks, Class noticed more and more bees floating around their home near the attic and chimney outside their house. Pest control professionals initially investigated and found nothing. But after calling in a beekeeper to look into it, they were able to get some answers. 

The beekeeper used a thermal camera to scan the walls in Saylor’s bedroom. “It lit up like Christmas,” Massis Class recounted. They pinned the problem on a coin-sized hole in the corner of an attic vent that allowed bees to come in and establish a hive. It turns out that the beehive was embedded in Saylor’s bedroom wall.  

When the beekeeper opened up the wall, Massis Class said “they just came pouring out like a horror movie.” In total, the beekeeper has removed between 55,000 and 65,000 honeybees and 100 pounds of honeycomb. They were relocated to a honeybee sanctuary. 

It would be a happy ending if not for the destruction the bees caused. The Class’ homeowner’s insurance won’t cover anything pest-related, leaving them with more than $20,000 in damages. 

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