6,000 bees removed from inner wall of Nebraska couple’s 100-year-old home
OMAHA, Neb. – Recently, about 6,000 bees were removed from within the walls of the Omaha couple’s 100-year-old home.
Thomas and Marylu Gouttierre told Omaha World-Herald they planted bee-friendly flowers outside their central home, but they never expected the bees to move in.
The bees may have entered through a hole in its brick exterior. Gouttierres discovered them after noticing several bees flying outside their kitchen window and finding about 30 in a second-floor bedroom.
“If you put your ear to the wall, you can hear the humming,” says Thomas Gouttierre, a retired dean at the University of Nebraska in Omaha who once led the Center for Afghan Studies there.
Gouttierre said their first thought was to call an exterminator, “but we’ve read and there’s a lot of great shows on PBS ‘Nature’ about the importance of bees to world pollination that we’re alive.”
The pair contacted two members of the Omaha Bee Club, who charged him $600 to safely relocate the bees. Countryside Acres Aviary’s Larry Cottle drills a hole in the wall of the house before Gilly’s Gold’s Ryan Gilligan vacuums the bees into a box to move them. Three honeycombs about 2 inches thick and about 9 inches in diameter are located inside the wall.
Gouttierre said he and his wife tasted some honey before Gilligan brought the bees home.
Gilligan said he has removed bees from a number of homes, apartments, barns and trees over the past seven years. The last house he made before Gouttierres’ period had 15,000 bees.