Colossal Bee Colony Invades Woman's Home For Third Time in 5 Years

An enormous colony of bees have made themselves at home in a woman's ceiling for the third time, despite multiple attempts to remove the persistent insects.

Lisa Ohrmundt was shocked to find at least 100,000 of the flying insects had, again, set up residence in the ceiling of her living room in Decatur, Georgia.

Bee removal expert Bobby Chaisson took away the hive on Wednesday afternoon, having already evicted two colonies on two separate occasions.

"Most people go their entire lives without colonies of bees setting up camp," Ohrmundt told Fox5 Atlanta. "I think we're going to have to burn the house down because this is the third time Bobby has come to remove bees and they just keep coming back to a little bit different spot."

Chaisson, who has visited the home to remove bees since 2017, believes the critters were "doing really well" until their abrupt eviction.

"There were about 100,000 bees living in this one. It's a pretty good-sized colony that was living in the house," he said. "They were about four and a half, five feet long and then the full width of the floor joist, so about 18 inches wide and 12 to 15 inches deep. So that was a big space they were in, they were doing really well."

Ohrmundt uploaded a video of the bee's removal to Facebook on April 28, showing Chaisson expertly wedging the ceiling open.

"Right, here we go!" she can be heard saying while pointing the camera towards the ceiling. "The hive is just immaculate!" she adds, as thousands of bees begin to fly out into the living room.

Ohrmundt said it was in 2017 when she first discovered a hive in her home with about 120,000 resident bees.

Chaisson believes the bees picked her home by chance. "It's the space. A bee flew by and went up inside and basically measured the house and decided this is the perfect spot," he said.

Friends rushed to share their disbelief in response to Ohrmundt's video, calling her a "bee charmer" and suggesting she should set up a hive in the yard.

"What the heck....AGAIN!?" one friend said as another asked, "Why do they like your house?"

"Have you thought about getting a couple of hives for the yard?" one suggested.

"Bobby says their sense of smell is 50 times stronger than ours and I guess they can smell a good bee spot from miles away!" Ohrmundt replied.

Newsweek has contacted Lisa Ohrmundt and Bobby Chaisson for comment.

Bees are prolific plant pollinators and are widely regarded as vital to the ecosystem.

In March, a video of a beekeeper humanely relocating thousands of bees from a backyard shed went viral on TikTok.

Erika Thompson, founder of Texas Beeworks, can be seen in the footage kneeling down and handling pieces of beehive with no protective gear as she removes them from the shed and places them in a new hive for relocation.

The video has been viewed more than 60 million times since it was posted on March 16.

Bee swarm
File photo: Bees seen swarming around a lamp post in Bordeaux, France. MEHDI FEDOUACH/Getty Images

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