A family in South Yorkshire had 25,000 unexpected visitors to their garden when a swarm of bees took over the trampoline while looking for a new hive.
Matthew Grice, 50, noticed an ‘immense’ buzzing noise and a black cloud flying over the house in Barnsley.
In a few minutes, the bees had swarmed the play equipment in the garden.
Matthew, his partner Sara Kennard, 47, their 10-year-old daughter, Hollie, were too scared to leave the house for 24 hours while they waited for a beekeeper to come.
Advanced occupational therapist Sara said: ‘Matthew is petrified of anything like that.
‘He said there was a black cloud coming over the house and then they just swarmed onto the trampoline steps.
‘The noise was immense, he could hear it from inside the house.
‘He daren’t go outside and we had to keep my daughter and the dogs in.
‘It was 24 hours of mayhem.’
The bees arrived while Sara was at work and she got home to find Matthew panicking inside.
She said: ‘I got back from work and walked up the garden but I didn’t even notice them because they were all congregated.
‘As soon as I walked in the house, he was panicking and didn’t know how I’d missed them.
‘He was terrified. Some were flying around but there was just a massive ball of bees in the trampoline.
‘I just couldn’t believe the size of it. There must have been one queen because there were so many of them.’
Sara started to research online about removing them safely herself but eventually found a beekeeper to remove them the next day.
She said: ‘The weather was really nice, my daughter wanted to play out but we had to keep her inside with the dogs because Millie the dog is pregnant so I was concerned for them.
‘Hollie has learning difficulties so she knew that they were bees and knew she shouldn’t go outside but she didn’t understand how serious it was.’
Sara shared the photos on Facebook showing thousands of the insects piling on top of each other.
Sara said: ‘I’m not bothered by bees because they don’t sting unless you’ve upset them, they aren’t like wasps.
‘They don’t go out to sting you. I’m fascinated by them and had to get up close to take the photos.
‘I posted photos on Facebook to ask for advice and beekeepers were getting in touch saying they wanted them but I called the Bee Association in the end and they took them away.
‘They said there must have been around 25,000 of them.
‘There were just a couple of dead ones left over in the end which I just swept away so the dogs didn’t get to them.’
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