A woman in Miami uncovered a nightmarish scene recently -- finding her father dead in his home, surrounded by a swarm of some 60,000 bees.
The man was in the middle of renovating the home for his daughter, neighbors told local TV station WPLG. The family had reportedly owned the 1920s-era home for decades. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
A local bee eradication expert posited that the man was trying to eliminate the bees himself, but may have been overwhelmed by the swarm.
In another extraordinary case of infestation, AOL Real Estate reported earlier this year about a home in Idaho crawling with thousands of garter snakes. Two homebuyers already have abandoned the home and, as of our last update, Chase bank is still looking for a buyer. The previous owner, Ben Sessions, claims to have killed 42 snakes in one day.
Both episodes should remind homebuyers of the importance of thorough home inspections and Realtor disclosures before signing on the dotted line. In most states, deaths on the premises must be disclosed if they occurred in the recent past, and sellers often must be even more transparent about violent or unusual deaths. It always pays for a prospective buyer to perform their due diligence, especially in older homes where building violations are more likely to be encountered.
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