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Bees drive family from home

A SWARM of bees has forced a family to flee their apartment in Shaoxing Road in downtown Luwan District, Youth Daily reported today.

The family discovered the beehive in the bathroom ceiling last week, but as more and more bees swarmed the room, they were afraid to use the toilet for fear of getting stung, one of the residents surnamed Jin told the newspaper.

The family moved out temporarily and asked an ayi to clean the room every night. The ayi told Jin that dead bees had piled up on the bathroom floor so thickly that the tiles couldn't be seen underneath.

Jin said workmen had started to paint the outside of the building last week and blocked up the hole that the bees used to get in and out of the building. When she tried to open her bathroom window to let the bees out, neighbors complained so she shut them up in the room.

"The bees had to change their exit route from the hive and lost their way, flying around in the bathroom until they died of exhaustion," explained an expert surnamed Liu from Shanghai Institute of Entomology. Local authorities will ask firefighters to remove the beehive.


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