A German beekeeper attracted more than 20,000 wasps into his home when he brought his honeycombs indoors, but managed to escape injury, police said Sunday.

Police in the central city of Hildesheim said they were alerted to the 91-year-old man's predicament on Saturday afternoon by an observant neighbor.

The man had tried unsuccessfully to swat the insects toward the open window of his living room with a brush. Police called in a pest controller to deal with the swarm.