A Florida family was at its wits end trying to end a several-year-long battle with bees nesting in the outer walls of their home.

Fort Lauderdale homeowner Donna Reynolds, who has lived in the residence for about eight years, initially tried to fight off the bees with an insecticide, but they returned with vengeance, attacking family members.

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Two hives containing up to 100,000 bees were found inside a Florida home’s walls. (Image source: WPLG-TV)

Late last week, she turned to experts who estimated up to 100,000 bees lived within her walls.

“They got to go. They got to go,” an exasperated Reynolds told WEAR-TV. “I can’t take them any more just hovering around. You can’t even open your windows.”

The news station reported that with such a large problem, the exterminators located the hives and tore down a portion of the home’s exterior wall to effectively eradicate the bugs.

Some of the honeycombs extracted were estimated to be up to 10 years old.

WPLG-TV reported the exterminator, identified as “Willie the Bee man”, had a hard time lifting the extracted hives because they were so large. He groaned as he lifted the trash bag holding the honeycombs.

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Image source: WPLG-TV

Willie pointed out that Reynolds didn’t initially solve her problem with insecticide because she didn’t remove the combs.

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Now that the hives have been removed, the exterminator believes the Reynolds household can repair their walls and begin their bee-free life.

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