ONLY ON 13: Bees removed from home of elderly couple in west Houston

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Bees removed from elderly couple's home
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Bees removed from elderly couple's home in west Houston.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A west Houston elderly couple with a serious bee problem has one less thing to worry about, thanks to a selfless Eyewitness News viewer.

Gotcha Pest Control owner Claude Griffin saw our story Tuesday as we talked to Tammy Allyn about her predicament. She and her husband are on a fixed income. He has advanced Parkinson's disease and is confined to their bedroom where the bees have been attacking them. They've each been stung several times over the last six weeks.

"I just don't want them in my house," Tammy Allyn said.

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Griffin and his crew came back to the house Thursday to remove the bees. They spent more than two hours working to remove the bees and honeycombs from the home for free. Rain, or shine.

"This was hell or high water today. This had to be done today," said Griffin.

He estimates there were more than 50,000 bees in the home. The bees made hives above the couple's bedroom in the attic and between the wall.

Griffin says he was stung about two dozen times, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

"She needed help. NOW. Not next week," he said.

Tammy Allyn is forever grateful.

"I feel very, very, very blessed," she said.

No other blessing, Tammy says, would be as sweet as the removal of all this honey and the bees that made it.

The bees will be given to a bee farmer. The Allyns are left now with a temporary patch over the area where the bees were removed. They are trying to figure out how to afford the bills that will come with permanently fixing that portion of the roof.