CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A Cape Coral neighborhood is buzzing. Neighbors say a honey bee hive is growing larger every day and they want the city to remove the problem.
One family called WINK News for help.
The hive is located in the 4200 block of Palm Tree Boulevard in the south Cape. As this beehive gets bigger so does this Cape couple's concerns it could cause a big problem.
"Several people could get hurt." Stormy and Randy Hoffman noticed the hive about a month ago. Back then it was half this size.
"I go by it quite often and every day it gets bigger," said Randy Hoffman. As its grown they've tried to get the city to remove it.
"We've contacted code enforcement, we tried to get the police to look at it. Nobody seemed to want to do anything so i called you guys," said Stormy Hoffman.
So we called bee expert Nick Libretto, President of ABC Pest Control.
He says calls for hives like this one are becoming more common. "We've noticed a 20 percent increase over this time last year," he explained.
The reason he says has to do with cold fronts pushing bees into southwest Florida and a loss of habitat as neighborhoods are built.
This hive he says presents a challenge to remove because of its location. "It's on the main road, so we'd basically have to shut the road down. It's by power lines so we'd have to get Lee County Co-op out here and we'd have to go up in a bucket truck and treat it," he said.
Meanwhile, the Hoffmans hope something will be done. Stormy has a personal reason.
"My grandfather died from beestings. He hit a bees nest. Was stung over 100 times. And within 24 hours he was dead," Stormy said.
The city of Cape Coral tells WINK News its sending out someone to analyze the situation and write up a report about the best way to move forward.
There is not a set time as to when the hive will come down.