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Michigan family dealing with 60,000 to 70,000 bees living in maple tree in front yard

The Parkers had to enlist the help of Toby Sewell and J&T Beekeepers to deal with the bees.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM   |   Comments

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SAGINAW, Mich., June 4 (UPI) -- Who you gonna call? Beebusters.

A Michigan family had to enlist the help of professionals to help them deal with thousands of bees that took over a maple tree in their front yard in Saginaw.

The 60,000 to 70,000 honey bees living in the maple tree sounded like an "enormous droning insect" to mother Crystal Parker, so she contacted Toby Sewell of J&T Beekeepers.

"Saying there were a lot of bees would be an understatement," Crystal Parker told MLive.

After inspecting the problem, Sewell found that the bees have almost devoured the inside of the tree. In order to get rid of the bees, Sewell plans to build a replica beehive and fill it with lemon grass and honey scents to attract the swarm.

The hope is that the bees will filter into their new home and then be relocated to a safer location. If the process, which could take up to 45 days is successful, Sewell may keep the insects as they could be worth about $600 to $700.

"As long as you don't bother the bees, they shouldn't bother you," Sewell said.

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