30,000 Bees Found Living In Virginia Bakery Ceiling

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Williamsburg bakery owner finds hive living above her cake shop. (Getty Images)

Williamsburg bakery owner finds hive living above her cake shop. (Getty Images)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (CBS DC) – One Virginia bakery may have too much honey. The owner discovered 20-to-30,000 bees living in the ceiling of her Williamsburg business.

Tawana Hammond tells WTKR-TV she had started noticing the bees since opening Cakes by Tawanda back in April. “I mean I had noticed them prior, but I didn’t think it was a big deal. I mean I thought they were coming from the bushes outside, so it was no big deal,” she said.

But she was shocked to find out that an entire colony was living in the floorboards above her shop.

“No idea. No idea. I had a customer come in and ask me do I know where they could buy local honey. Little did I know, they could have tapped into my ceiling and got some,” Hammond said.

Beekeepers estimate the hive has been in the building for four years. Hammond has closed her shop temporarily while the keepers attempt to safely relocate the bees.

“They are trying to preserve them because they are honeybees and they are almost an endangered species so we want to be able to keep them, so please don’t ever spray them,” Hammond explained.

Still, she is keeping a sense of humor about the infestation. “I have been asked if I will do a honey buttercream, so that’s a neat idea, a kind of quirky thing.”

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