HOUSTON -

A bee removal expert estimates 250,000 bees were inside a home in southwest Houston and the homeowner said they have been living there for 40 years.

"We have been watching this house for 72 hours straight up," said Claude Griffin of Gotcha Pest Control.  "This is a Tasmanian bee hive. This is a hurricane of all bee hives! Ya'll better hang on."

Griffin believed the bees, who invaded the home on Honeywood Trail, were to blame for a fire in the home. He said the bees probably ate the insulation off of the copper wires and the fire started.

"We've been here since 1976 and the bees kinda eased their way in until '79," said homeowner Anne Oaks. "After the fire in ‘96, they came back. I wanted to find someone who would re-home the bees and not just kill them."

Griffin removed an estimated 400 pounds of honey and seven hives from the home.