8-foot-long beehive found in ceiling of Virginia apartment

8-foot-long massive beehive found in ceiling of Virginia apartment

RICHMOND, Va. — A surprising find inside an apartment in Virginia has wildlife officials buzzing.

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control officials removed an 8-foot-long beehive from an apartment ceiling in Richmond on Monday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

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The unit was empty at the time of the beehive extraction, The Associated Press reported.

The hive of Italian bees was approximately 2 years old, according to wildlife officials. It is believed the bees gained access to the apartment through holes in the siding. The hive produced between 80 and 100 pounds of honey, and crews were able to salvage about 15-20 pounds of it, according to a Virginia Wildlife Management and Control Facebook post.

While it is the policy of Virginia Wildlife Management and Control to not kill bees, in this case, the queen bee could not be found, so the hive could not be saved, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

This photo provided by Virginia Wildlife Management and Control shows a beehive that is removed from an apartment on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in Richmond, Va.
This photo provided by Virginia Wildlife Management and Control shows a beehive that is removed from an apartment on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in Richmond, Va. (Virginia Wildlife Management and Control via AP)