Homeowner Loretta Yates said she knew she had a “sweet mess” on her hands at her home in the small southern Ontario community of Varney when a crack in the ceiling started oozing honey last week.
“I guess with the cracked ceiling in the kitchen and the honey dripping on me — that was (the) time to get help,” she said.
Loretta and her husband Kevin soon discovered the 1 1/2-storey house they live in with their 22-month-old son had a few unexpected guests: 80,000 bees nesting in two colonies in the first-floor ceiling.
Kevin Yates said he first noticed something strange around a week ago when he spotted a “blanket of bees” hovering in a thick swarm outside the kitchen door.
“They wanted in,” he said.
He didn’t realize the throng of bees at the doorstep were trying to do what thousands of the pests had already done — sneak themselves into the ceiling.
They couldn’t get in, he explained, because it was already full of bees.
He said it wasn’t long after that honey began to slowly drip from newly emerged cracks in the living room and kitchen ceilings, while a cascade of the sweet liquid even blew a lightbulb after filling it half-full of honey.