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Firefighters buzzing after clearing huge bees nest from Chinese man’s home

Property owner finally gets relief after being hassled by swarms of flying insects for about 10 days

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 July, 2017, 5:54pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 July, 2017, 5:54pm

Firefighters were called to a house in central China recently to remove a large bees nest that had been formed under the floorboards, local media reported.

The owner of the property, a man surnamed Zhang, said he noticed large numbers of the flying insects buzzing through his home in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, over a period of about 10 days, Wuhan Evening News reported on Saturday.

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After failing to determine where they were coming from, Zhang gave up and contacted the local fire brigade.

During an initial investigation, firefighters noticed a lot of bee activity near a hole in a disused pipe running through the wall of his home, which they sealed with expanding foam.

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That failed to solve the problem, however, so Zhang asked them to return, the report said.

When they did, last Wednesday, the firefighters succeeded in tracing the bees, via the previously sealed pipe, to a void under the floorboards of Zhang’s bedroom.

After lifting several of the boards, officers located a huge nest and successfully removed it, the report said.

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While firefighters are used to dealing with all sorts of problems, they were clearly buzzing after tackling the swarm under Zhang’s floor, the report said.

“This is a first,” one was quoted as saying. “We’ve never found a bees nest in such a place before.”