Couple Kept Awake By 80,000 Bees In Walls For 2 Years

This is the huge hive of 80,000 bees that kept an unwitting couple awake at night for two years after they made built the massive nest in the walls of their house.

The incident took place in the town of Pinos Puente, in the southern Spanish region of Granada, in the region of Andalusia.

Video Credit: CEN/Sergio Guerrero

The couple, who have not been named in reports, are said to have noticed a constant buzzing noise in the walls of the bedroom which stopped them from sleeping at night.

However, it was only on further investigation that they discovered there was a beehive in the wall and they called local beekeeper Sergio Guerrero to the scene.

Credit: CEN/Sergio Guerrero
The bees in the walls of the room of the house

In the video, Guerrero can be seen working to clear the huge hive, which he estimates at 80,000 individuals.

The hive has grown to take up a huge section of the wall, spanning almost the entire height of the bedroom.

Guerrero, who is an amateur beekeeper and offers clients a service to remove bee hives from their home whilst keeping the insects alive, said he could not understand “how they have lived with this huge amount of bees for almost two years”.

He added: “It was stuck in a place where they could not sleep. They were spending the whole night listening to the bees.

“It took me seven hours to do the extraction to get them free and back to the mountains. We did the whole process without any problems.”

Guerrero used a special aspiration system to suck up all the bees before safely moving them away.

Credit: CEN/Sergio Guerrero
The man who helped remove them from the house bee keeper Sergio Guerrerodeluz

He is a member of Colmena Sanadora, a project to keep bees alive and help homeowners remove bee hives in an inexpensive way. 

He told Central European News (CEN): “It is a project to save the bees. Removing the bees usually costs around 1,500 EUR (1,314 GBP) and a lot of people think about getting rid of them by themselves as it is expensive.

“We save the bees and help the residents to cover the costs of buying a wooden house, the medicine to protect the bees against mites which are hurting them a lot and their food for a year, which means around 100 EUR (87 GBP), depending on the distance.”

He also said that the fact the bees decided to built the hive in the walls of the house is linked with climate change, adding: “There are fewer trees and they build the hives in places that for them are luxury apartments.”


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