Woman Finds Swarm of Bees in Massive Seven-foot Hive Living Behind the Shower

A woman was shocked to discover a swarm of bees had created a huge seven-foot hive behind the tiles in a shower.

Elisha Bixler is a self-proclaimed "lover of bees," and regularly shares clips to her TikTok page, @howsyourdayhoney3, detailing various removals she's called out to.

Bixler, based in Florida, recently shared a video of an unusual call-out, after a homeowner grew tired of the bees living inside their house—specifically the bathroom.

In the clip, which explains on-screen "massive shower beehive," she said: "I got a surprise when I started breaking away the tile behind this shower wall. Look at how much honey is packed away in here.

"This is a seven-foot long bee hive. The homeowners were getting tired of listening to the buzzing and the occasional random bee escaping the wall whenever they would use the bathroom.

"This thing was incredible. I'm going to take them home to one of my apiaries."

Bixler captioned the clip, which can be seen here, "Would you eat the honey?"

Since being uploaded on Saturday the video has amassed more than 677,000 views, and Bixler's website, howsyourdayhoney, indicates she sells honey and other bee-related products, meaning it could be possible to eat the bathroom honey.

The incredible sight attracted a variety of comments, as Hildreth Hamann wrote: "I love that they tried to co-exist first!"

Ohkay_honeyy reckoned: "How cool would it be if you put up a glass wall so you could still see them!"

Eliza thought: "Obsessed that they could hear the buzzing while in the bathroom."

While Oana Manole636 added: "That is huge... they must have been there for ages."

While Bixler didn't specify exactly which type of bee was living in the bathroom, there's a high chance they're the American honeybee.

An article published in Scientific American last year shared key stats of the species, saying: "There are millions of honey bee colonies in North America, 2.8 million of which are in the U.S. Approximating around 30,000 bees per colony (the size of a pollination unit), that's roughly a billion honey bees in Canada and the U.S. alone—almost triple the number of people."

While their numbers appear robust, it's a very different story for their cousin, the American bumblebee.

Recent statistics indicate its numbers have dropped by a staggering 90 per cent over the last 20 years, and it's perilously close to extinction.

A petition written by the Center for Biological Diversity cited the grave figures, claiming disease, pesticides, climate change and habitat loss are among the factors responsible for the decline.

"Over the past 20 years, it has disappeared or become very rare in 16 states; overall, observations of the bee have declined by nearly 90 percent," the release read.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the dramatic loss in numbers may warrant Endangered Species Act protection.

Newsweek reached out to Bixler for comment.

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