POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 9:17am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — When workers started tearing down the drywall at a home in Miami, Florida Tuesday they uncovered honeycombs that stretched across the ceiling and down the walls.
Countless bees swarmed indoors and outside.
Maria Sentmanat had been renting the home for nearly two years.
"Six months ago I could hear humming in the walls. I mean, every night. It was very persistent, the humming and then in the last two months it was like a little motor running in the walls," she said.
Her landlord, Santiago Alvarez, lives right behind the home.
The two of them started spraying some of the hives on Monday and discovered bees had also gotten into the ceiling of her daughter's bedroom.
"I was in there to my arm, and I had a rake, a hoe, and I was like pulling out the hive so I couldn't get in any deeper," said Alvarez.
On Tuesday, when workers cut through the ceiling in the master bedroom, honey started dripping.
After tearing down all the drywall in the master bedroom affected by the honeycombs, it became obvious that bees had also taken up residence inside the cinder blocks.
"If you leave that stuff in there you'll get rats and cockroaches. There's already little maggots in there and stuff," Alvarez said.
A bee expert told Sentmanat Tuesday night that at least 60,000 bees had been living in her walls.
Bees infesting a home, a tree or even an upside-down garbage can is not uncommon in South Florida.
In 2009, pest control workers found a massive bee problem at a home in Davie.
And last year a Miami man died when was attacked by bees inside his house and fell off a chair.