LI Man Finds Over 80K Bees Living In Home Walls for Over 40 Years


August 26, 2020 7:41 pm
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A Long Island man recently discovered bees that had been living in the walls of his home for several decades. 

Tom Egel, the 91-year-old homeowner, says he was in absolute shock when he found out there were over 80,000 bees living in the walls and ceiling of his Garden City home. 

Retired NYPD officer turned full-time beekeeper, Anthony Planakis, was called in to inspect the home and investigate how long they had been living there.

It’s suspected that the bees had made it their home for over 40 years, which looking back, makes sense to Egel.

“My daughter,  when she was a teenager, she used to complain, ‘Dad there’s a bee in the house, there’s a bee in the house.’ I never paid any attention,” he explains. “They would all swarm over here and go in.”

Dressed in full protective gear, Planakis said he had to tear down the stonework in the front of the home to get to the bees. 

“You’re looking at a 12-inch deep, 16-inch wide cavity running 5.5, 6 feet deep and that was all filled with wax,” he explains. “That was their home.”

“The bees were humanely removed,” Planakis said in a recent interview.


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