Shawnee residents Dick and Cody Deem had no idea that, just under the roof of their house, thousands of buzzing visitors were making themselves at home.

But when local beekeeper Dr. Yoon Sik Kim pulled off wooden shingles Thursday, more than 30,000 Italian bees started to swarm and protect their space.


Shawnee residents Dick and Cody Deem had no idea that, just under the roof of their house, thousands of buzzing visitors were making themselves at home.
But when local beekeeper Dr. Yoon Sik Kim pulled off wooden shingles Thursday, more than 30,000 Italian bees started to swarm and protect their space. Kim removed two colonies from the home, but he was unable to locate either queen bee. If the queen bee of a hive can be captured, relocation of colonies is easier, Kim said. Worker and drone bees of a hive follow the scent of the queen.
Kim said the oldest colony in the Deem roof had been in place for about five years, and the other colony was about a year old.
“I’ve seen worse,” he said, adding that he relocated a 14-year-old colony from a Tecumseh home a few years ago.
Dick and Cody said they had no idea bees were in their home until they noticed them coming in through a light in the kitchen.
“We noticed a few bees swarming in the kitchen and saw they were coming in through a corner of the room outside the kitchen,” Cody said.
The couple also noticed the bees swarming around part of the outside of their home. They knew they had a problem.
This isn’t the Deems’ first experience with bees. Cody said that about 10 years ago, they had a colony removed. But when the bees were gone, the Deems didn’t fill the void with insulation, she said.
“It was like we had a vacant furnished apartment for the bees,” she said.
After three hours, Kim had removed all of the comb, but the bees had scattered. He said the bees need to settle and recluster before he removes the rest of them.
Kim said that even though he didn’t find the queen, he can take one of the colonies and join it with a weak colony, so the bees will not be wasted. He took one colony of bees, but left a box for the other colony to make a home.
Cody said if they hadn’t removed the bees, honey would have been dripping down through the ceiling in their bedroom.
Kim said he has two decades of experience with bees. His father raised bees in his native Korea and used the honey as a natural sweetener.
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Amanda Gire may be reached at amanda.gire@news-star.com or at 214-3934.