Omaha couple who planted ‘bee-friendly’ flowers discover thousands of bees in their WALLS
Omaha couple who planted ‘bee-friendly’ flowers in their garden discover more than 6,000 bees living in the WALLS of their home: ‘You could hear them buzzing’
- 6,000 bees were discovered in the walls of Thomas and Marylu Gouttiere’s home in Omaha, Nebraska.
- The couple had recently planted “bee-friendly” plants in their garden.
- “If you put your ears to the wall, you could hear the buzz,” Gouttierre told Omaha World-Herald.
- They called in two services to help move the bees and when they opened the walls, they discovered three perfectly formed honeycombs.
A couple in Omaha, Nebraska only tried to do good when they planted “bee-friendly” plants outside their home. But they soon discovered that the pollinators they had hoped to attract had found their home in the walls of their 100-year-old house.
Thomas and Marylu Gouttierre first discovered something was wrong when they saw clusters of insects outside their kitchen and bedroom windows. Then the bees also began to appear in the house.
The Gouttierre’s house is made of clinker brick, a form of construction material that can make it difficult to tell when repairs are needed.
The bees were able to find a hole in the mortar and crawl inside.
“If you put your ears to the wall, you could hear the buzz,” Gouttierre told Omaha World-Herald.
“Our first thought was whether to call an exterminator,” he continued. “But we’ve read and there are a lot of great shows on PBS ‘Nature’ about how important bees are to the pollination of the world we live in.”
Thomas and Marylu Gouttiere found more than 6,000 bees in the walls of their home after planting ‘bee-friendly’ plants outside
Instead of exterminating the bees, the Gouttieres enlisted two services that would instead move the bees to a safer location.
The Gouttiere’s called Ryan Gilligan of Gilly’s Gold and Larry Cotter of Countryside Acres Aviary, who are both members of the Omaha Bee Club, to move the bees safely.
Gilligan has experience moving bees and said that while the Gouttiere’s home had 6,000 bees, he recently removed about 15,000 bees from another home.
The two men worked together to ensure the safety of the bees in the Gouttiere’s home.
“Larry sawed off the square. He’s really good with the multi-tool to make the cuts,” Gilligan said. “I’ll go in and do the bee removal.”
The Omahas were lucky enough to try some of the bee honey that the bees produced within the walls of their home
“Look, there were three perfectly formed combs, maybe about 5 centimeters thick and maybe about 9 centimeters in diameter,” Gouttierre said.
‘If you’ve ever seen it, it’s remarkable. Every small space in the comb are perfectly designed hexagonal shapes.’
The bees have been transferred to Cottle’s acreage, where the bees can safely make their honey.
The Gouttiere’s situation with the bees had a sweet end, when the couple got to taste some of the honey the bees were producing in their home.
“I think that over time we have come to appreciate the value of bees all the more,” he said, “and its importance to the pollination process and all the things insects can do to help us eat.”