Honey-covered smoke detector leads to sticky attic discovery

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 31, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A honey-covered smoke detector led an Arizona homeowner to a shocking discovery -- several pounds of honey and a defunct bee hive in her attic.

Kelsie Hughes said she was changing the battery in a hallway smoke detector recently at her Scottsdale home when she discovered the top side of the device was covered in honey.

"I'm like, uh, how does honey get in here?" Hughes told KPHO/KTVK. "Oh no, because if it traveled this far, where did it come from and how many bees are up there?"

Hughes said she went up to the attic to investigate.

"There's got to be 5 to 6 pounds of honey in the ceiling," Hughes said. "That equates to about 60 to 70,000 bees. That's terrifying to even comprehend that many bees in your house."

She said the only bees she found were dead, leading her to believe the previous homeowners may have hired an exterminator to kill the insects, but failed to clean up the resulting mess.

"As a mother and somebody that has seen Africanized bee incidents in Arizona, I'm happy we don't have to deal with the hive," said Hughes.

Hughes estimated it will cost thousands of dollars to clean up the mess.

A hospital in Wales discovered a similar bee infestation last summer when staff members noticed honey dripping from a ceiling. Beekeepers were called to Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff and ended up removing more than 100,000 bees.

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