6,000 Bees Throw a House Party


A couple has built a friendly outdoor atmosphere for bees by planting bee-friendly flowers at their midtown property.

The bees were not satisfied with Thomas and Marylu Gouttierre’s outdoor space. Instead, they found a way to intrude into the house. The winged insects claimed their territory and entered through a hole in the mortar. The architecture of the house involves clinker bricks, which makes it difficult to spot any repair needs.

The bees made themselves quite comfortable and built a quaint home between the outside and the plaster and lath walls of a second-floor bedroom.

The early signs of bee activity flew under the radar. The couple only noticed the bees when they saw them flying outside their kitchen and bedroom window. After a careful examination, they discovered 30 bees in the second-floor room, which most likely slipped through an old heat register.

Thomas Gouttierre, the dean of International Studies and Programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said: “If you put your ears to the wall you could hear the buzzing.”

The good souls did not want to kill the bees. The couple contacted Ryan Gilligan of Gilly’s Gold and Larry Cottle of Countryside Acres Aviary to remove the bees and shift them to a more suitable location.

The job took a few hours to create a hole in the wall and vacuum the bees into a box for relocation. After the process, the final count of the bees accumulated to 6,000 bees in the wall.

The process ended on a sweet note with a taste of the honey.

Thomas Gouttierre said: “I think in the long run, it’s made us appreciate all the more the value of bees. The importance of them to the process of pollination and all the things insects may do to help us eat.”


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