MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A FOX10 News viewer told us she has bees swarming outside her apartment and a honey-like substance on her interior walls, containing maggots.
The viewer invited us to come out and take a look at her apartment for ourselves.
Sure enough, a swarm of bees had made themselves a home inside some wood shingled siding.
"If they're on the side of the house and there's a few of them going in and going out that's a time where you don't want to aggravate them because they will sting you," said beekeeper John Haaseth.
Haaseth has been working with honeybees since 1976, and he offered advice on the best way to prevent bees from invading your home.
"Early in spring, before honeybees start swarming, you buy some silicone caulking, not latex - bees eat latex - and you seal off windows and other spaces or gaps on the outside of your home," said Haaseth.
Just as soon as we started recording video an apartment manager appeared and asked us to leave.
So, we moved our interview off premise.
"I went beside my bed and I looked, and I'm like, 'What is that? Is that maggots?'" said Shonna Johnson.
Johnson lives in an apartment complex on Shelton Beach Road. She showed us a bag with some white worm-like bugs in it.
Haaseth said he can think of a couple of scenarios as to the presence of maggots.
"Somehow the bees have died in there, maggots aren't usually attracted to honey - ants are attracted to honey, maggots are attracted to anything that's a dead object," said Haaseth.
Haaseth said a certain species of moth may have invaded the space left over from the bees.
Johnson went to her apartment managers for help.
"So, I called the maintenance man and he said that was no emergency," said Johnson. "So he had corporate call me and she said there was no emergency, that I need to go to the store and get some stuff to kill the maggots."
After getting kicked off the property, we called the apartment manager and gave her our bee expert's phone number.
She said they already had a bee worker come out and take a look at the swarm, but bees continue to enter and exit the siding.
Johnson sent us some photos from inside her apartment and pointed out the honey-like substance she found along the seams of the walls and floors.
"And once I pulled my carpet back that's when I noticed the honey," said Johnson.
"What it sounds like, to me, is there were honeybees inside that wall because of the honey dripping down the walls," said Haaseth.
We called the apartment complex's corporate owner in Arizona. A representative said she knew about the bee situation and they are working on it.
If you find swarms outside your home do not spray them, instead call a bee handler.
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