Published: Aug 01, 2011 10:38 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 01, 2011 9:20 PM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fl - Thousands of bees are swarming one Lehigh Acres neighborhood.

The bees come from hives used to collect honey in a man's backyard.

But his neighbors say the bees are attacking them when they walk outside!

"It's kind of scary. Sometimes I can't even go down my driveway the bees are so bad," said neighbor Doris Baker.

Baker isn't alone.

Other neighbors living on North Avenue tell me they feel trapped in their homes.

When it rains or when there's a strong wind, that's when they say the bees attack.

"I would say about 80% of the bees start swarming," Baker said.

Some neighbors tell us they've been stung multiple times.

They have all complained to the homeowner, who they say hasn't done anything to help the situation.

Baker says she hasn't seen him in days and now the house is empty.

WINK News tried tracking him down but didn't have any luck.

Neighbors worry the bee hives might be abandoned and want them gone.

"I didn't know the law would allow that many beehives on one property," Baker said.

The law doesn't.

At least not in neighborhoods like this one.

"It doesn't matter if you have one or ten, it's not permitted in a residential area," said Joan LaGuardia, Communications Manager for Lee County.

According to LaGuardia says Lee County only permits bee keeping in agricultural areas.

Code Enforcement is now investigating.

The process to remove the bees isn't easy.

Code Enforcement will give the homeowner time to remove them.

If he doesn't do it in their time frame he can be fined.

It also leaves removing the bees up to the county.

"There's not a lot of people who are skilled with moving beehives, so it becomes an expense for the tax payers at large because Lee County will have to hire someone for us," LaGuardia said.

Neighbors tell me they want the bees removed as soon as possible.

School starts in a few weeks and feet away from the home is a school bus stop.