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The "monsters" the kids feared were a massive beehive in the bedroom

This is an un-BEE-lievable story.

Ashley Class and her family live in an older home in Charlotte. When her child omplained about monsters in her bedroom, she thought it may have been her daughter's imagination acting up, sparked by a recent viewing of the 2001 animated movie "Monsters, Inc."

"With a 100-year-old farmhouse, we have found any little thing that can happen. But this was beyond our expectations," she said. The Classes soon discovered a much stickier situation.

"We noticed a couple bees when we were outside playing with the kids and then as the days progressed, we saw more and more and we thought, 'That's a little strange,'" Class recalled. Beekeepers could not find the source of the buzzing...except for Curtis Collins. "I knew they were there. It's just a matter of where they were making their hive," said Collins, a beekeeper who has been doing removals in homes for six years.

Ashley Class shared a TikTok video after learning her daughter's complaints about "monsters" in her bedroom turned out to be tens of thousands of bees. "I believe that may be actually the first one that I've done that was floor to ceiling," Collins said.

Ashley said the beehive looked "almost like a man in the wall by the shape of it" and her husband Chris Class said the hive "took up the entire wall space." Turns out tens of thousands of bees living inside their daughter's bedroom wall.

Since honey bees are endangered animals, exterminating them wasn't an option. The Classes have now begun the long process of removing the bees from their home, a task that has forced their daughter to move into her sibling's room.

"It was really neat to be able to show our 3-year-old, these are the monsters you've been hearing. You're completely right," Class said.


Photo: I-HWA CHENG / AFP / Getty Images

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