The Investigators

Aug 21, 2014 12:10 AM by Tom McNamara and Paul Birmingham

N4T Investigators: Beehive at vacant home has residents worried

The old saying goes: "Good fences make good neighbors."

So, what happens when problems on one side of the fence spill, or literally fly over to the other side?

That's the case in one midtown neighborhood.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators got a tip about a threatening buzz in one neighborhood.

Bees have settled-in at a vacant home. It's creating a big and dangerous nuisance for people living nearby.

Neighbors say complaints to the city have gone unanswered.

The hive in the house next door has one neighbor very worried.

That neighbor contacted the News 4 Tucson Investigators, after bees from that vacant home started invading her property.

"Especially them being over on our property. It scares me," the neighbor said.

Her fear has turned to frustration. She says numerous city departments were unable or unwilling to deal with the problem.

"I've talked to everybody, literally," the neighbor said.

Even Tucson Fire told her, there wasn't anything they could do about the bees - unless someone was actively being stung.

"Why is it that this is a threat, but they can't do anything about it until someone is actually attacked?" the neighbor asked.

She says the bee problem only keeps getting worse. So, she contacted the News 4 Tucson Investigators, to see if there was anything we could do.

"Just the fact that your here means something to me, because I feel that maybe it will get some more attention from the proper authorities," she said.

This home has been vacant for more than half a year now. After the News 4 Tucson Investigators heard from those neighbors who say they're getting absolutely no help from the city on the bee problem, we took their concerns right to Michael Wyneken, the city's Interim Code Enforcement Administrator.

Within 24-hours of the News 4 Tucson Investigators contacting the city's Code Enforcement department, they responded.

"Based on your call, we did go out and send an inspector out to take a look at the property, and he did find bees there. They're definitely on the outside. It appears as though they've made their way inside also," Wyneken said.

While the city finally responding is a bit of good news for the neighborhood, residents still have just one wish: ultimately they want the bees gone.

City Code Enforcement is now working to contact the relatives of the owner of the home. He passed away in January.

At this point, it's unclear who will actually pay to remove the bees from the home.

If you have something you'd like the News 4 Tucson Investigators to check out, email us, at, or call the News 4 Tucson Investigators tip-line at (520) 955-4444.


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