Bees take over empty Boynton Beach houses

Neighbors want them removed

BOYNTON BEACH - Swarms of bees took over two empty Boynton Beach houses.

People in the Tara Lakes Development say the no one is taking responsibility to remove the honey bees.

So far, no one has been stung, but neighbors worry someone will get hurt before the problems are solved.

"We have them [play] on that side of the yard or the back yard," explained Destiny Shelton.

She lives right next to a house at 24 Peachtree Place where hundreds of bees live. As a parent, she constantly thinks of the danger of her children playing outside with so many bees so close.  

"It is kind of scary," she said.

Other neighbors look twice before walking out the door.
"They don't bother me, but they are bees; you never know what they're going to do," explained Jerry Leeks. "I've seen the stories on TV where people get attacked by bees, so yes I'm concerned about them."

Frank Cuchna first noticed the bees on Peachtree Place about one year ago. He says bees took over another house at 48 East Tara Lakes Drive, too. 

He wants the bees removed. Banks own both houses, they're considered private property, so Cuchna can't do anything himself.

"Everyone keeps pointing fingers saying it's up to somebody else," he said.

Finally, someone alerted the city. Code compliance officers gave each bank until August 25th to solve the problem. After that deadline, the city will fine the banks every day until the bees are gone. 

"I'll keep my fingers crossed and hopefully they can actually get rid of them," said Katie Shelton, who lives next door with the children.

A maintenance company managing the house on East Tara Lakes Drive told NewsChannel 5 it is sending a specialist to remove the bees right away.

If you have concerns about bees at an abandoned home in your neighborhood, you can call the city to check things out. Staff members can most likely contact the property's owner.

Bee experts told us do not try to solve the problem yourself by spraying the hive with insect killer. There are surely more bees than the insecticide can kill. They said in most cases, if you leave the bees alone, they'll leave you alone.

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