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Thousands of honey bees removed from Kitchener, Ontario home

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 2:07 PM - Up to 50,000 honey bees were removed from a home in Kitchener, Ont. Tuesday after they were discovered in the walls of one of the home's bedroom, CTV News is reporting.

Carol Stewart told local media she had "no idea" the uninvited guests had taken up residence in her home.

Last summer she noticed bees flying into her home's eavestrough, prompting a call to the exterminators.

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She was eventually put into contact with David Schuit of Saugeen Country Honey,who detected they bees by listening to the wall.

Stewart says she surprised when Schuit's team discovered so many bees.

Schuit says that had the family waited until later in the year, the hive would have grown to its full size -- and if that had happened, there could have been as many as 90,000 bees lurking in the walls.

The team sprayed the insects with sugar water to keep them calm as they extracted the hives from the home.

Bees have been making a lot of headlines lately.

Earlier this week a big rig  carrying a load of bees in Delaware overturned, releasing as many as 20 million insects.

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