Couple Find Massive Bee Hive In Attic After Honey Starts Dripping Through The Ceiling
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A couple uncovered a massive hive with hundreds of bees in their loft space after honey started dripping through the ceiling and into their light fixtures.
As far as ceiling seepages go, honey is one of the better ones, but still not ideal, I guess.
The couple, who didn't want to be named, found a 'sticky substance' in their light fittings, which was followed by honey pouring through the ceiling and into the bathroom.
They had also noticed a number of bees around the house, so they called on an expert to get to the bottom of whatever was going on in their Grade II Listed home in Leicestershire in the UK.
The bee bod (great job) drilled a small hole in the ceiling and discovered a huge hive with hundreds of bees inside. That left them with a ceiling that resembled the inside of a Crunchie.
So many bees. Credit: SWNS
Because the bees had made so much honey, the problem was similar to that which you'd expect from water damage, so the couple had to call on their insurers, Ecclesiastical, to remove the hive and fit a brand-new ceiling.
David Bonehill, claims director for the company, said: "Claims for this type of damage in older properties are relatively common.
That's a lot of bees.Credit: SWNS
"Usually leaking pipework is the cause rather than honey.
"A small drip of water or any liquid substance can cause huge amounts of damage if left for a long period of time, so we advise all of our clients to regularly check rooms that are not in use, for signs of water or other damage."
A spokesperson from the British Beekeepers Association told the BBC the size of the hive means it was probably a 'well established colony' that had been there for a long time.