Thousands of Bees Infesting Abandoned House in Montgomery


By Ashley Thompson

People who live near a condemned home are scared to go near it...because it's infested with bees, thousands of them. The bees are now buzzing around other homes nearby and that has neighbors demanding action.

A beekeeper says there's anywhere between five and ten-thousand bees livinig in and out of the home.

Wanda Moncrief lives on Dundale Road directly across the street from the abandoned house infested with bees. She says each day thousands of them fly up and down her street and now residents are scared to go outside.

"They're going to swarm," she says. "We don't know when they're going to swarm but they will swarm again."

Moncrief tells us many of her neighbors are handicapped, including her, which makes it even more difficult to get away from the swarming bees. Her neighbor, Jeanne Travis tells us she's forced to stay inside because she's allergic to them.

"One bee sting and I would have to take a ride in an ambulance because I would go into anaphylactic shock.

Residents say they've reached out to the City of Montgomery for help but continue to hit dead ends. We're told the house belongs to a woman who lives in a different city and residents say they never see her. Because of this, Steve Jones with the Mayor's Office says the city doesn't have many options.

"It's private property," Jones explains. "Somebody owns it that lives somewhere else. It's hard to just send a group of people in to somebody's house on private property and start doing things."

But Jones says if the bees pose a health or safety issue, measures can be taken. Alabama News Network called the Public Health Department who tell us they don't regulate bees because they don't spread disease. The people on Dundale Road aren't happy with either response.

"This isn't exactly high rent neighborhood but it's still our home," says Travis.

"The city should have something to do about this house," Moncrief tells us.

And although the beekeeper says there are up to ten-thousand bees outside of the home, he says there's no telling how many are inside.


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