PORT RICHEY – A swarm of bees has been causing some big problems for a family in Port Richey. They made the discovery while cleaning out the garage and they’re having a devil of a time getting rid of them.
The Pizzuto’s certainly had a crazy start to their Thursday morning. They were doing some spring cleaning in the garage, when suddenly, within minutes it was filled with hundreds of angry bees.
“They’re like swarming, there are millions of them,” said Selena Pizzuto, a 14-year-old, who caught the swarm in-motion on her cell phone camera.
The bees filled the garage, and covered the side door. Rose Pizzuto got a frantic call from her mother Mildred.
“And she said there were some bees moving around in the garage and she had been cleaning, and I came home and I thought, okay, we’ll just buy some spray,” Rose said.
She quickly found out she would need a lot more spray to fix the mess.
“We have bees, like everywhere!,” said her daughter in their home video.
It was a buzzing black cloud of bees, irritated because their nest had been disturbed by her mother’s cleaning.
“I couldn’t believe it, there were bees just swarming everywhere!,” Pizzuto said.
Worried for her kids, she called 911, who then put her in touch with an exterminator. But she didn’t have the extra $150 to pay for it.
“Were you freaking out?,” we asked. “Yes, I was freaking out majorly!,” she said. “It was very scary, I’ve never seen such a large swarm before.”
The nest was two shelves up from where she keeps frying pans they use every day. She never noticed the bees until now. The good news is no one got stung. The bad news is, no matter how much they sprayed, more new bees kept showing up!
“Your neighbor sprayed a few, right?,” we asked. “Yes, my neighbor Michael sprayed the bees the first time,” said Pizzuto. “And what happened after that?,” we asked. “After that he ran for it and then they all came out of the bees nest!,” said Pizzuto.
“I just saw like hundreds of bees everywhere,” said Selena Pizzuto. “Had you seen something like that before?,” we asked. “Never,” she said. “Like only on TV.”
“Then her looked out the window and her said, Mom, there’s a huge lot of bees out there,” said 5-year-old Ryan, who told us he was not scared of the swarm.
Ryan Willingham with the County Extension Office, who is a bee specialist, explained that we’re in bee season right now. And when hives get full, part of the worker bees branch out with a new queen to find a home.
“Half the workforce takes off and finds another place,” said Willingham.
We asked him if the family was in any danger?
“I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as dangerous, but yet, you don’t know where the bees are from,” said Willingham. “They need to be handled by a professional.”
And the Pizzutos still have lot of work to do. At the top of their downspout near the garage, we found another cluster of bees. Willingham said that it could take several days to get rid of all the bees, from the garage, to the gutter, to another cluster we saw in the yard.