Beekeeper starts removal of bees in resident's tree - WNEM TV 5

Beekeeper starts removal of bees in resident's tree

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Crystal Parker was kept a virtual prisoner in her own home because thousands of bees took up residence in her front yard.

Parker contacted TV5 after she ran out of ideas on how to deal with the bees.

Wednesday, with the help of a local beekeeper, the safe removal of those bees got underway.

"Right now my heart is just palpitating because I'm excited," she said.

She searched for a solution to nearly 70,000 bees swarming around her Saginaw home before she contacted TV5 for help.

"I would have never guessed that many, never. I figured a few thousand but the number he gave me was outrageous," Parker said.

Soon after her story aired on TV5 about the gigantic beehive in her tree, Toby Sewell came to the rescue.

He's a Saginaw County sheriff's deputy and a beekeeper who is happy to lend a hand.

"We're trying really hard to save as many bees as we can," Sewell said.

He said the bee population is dwindling and saving these bees not only helps Parker, but his beekeeping business as well. 

"I'm doing it all for free because I get to keep the bees and they are worth a couple hundred bucks to me," Sewell said. 

The bees are making their way into the new hive through an escape valve. But removing all of the bees will take some time.

"The last one I did took about a month. So it's a slow, long process, but I did get all the bees out," Sewell said.

Parker said it's turned into a great experience as she learned more about the bees and why it's important to save them.

"When I first saw them my first thought was to kill them because they were a nuisance, but learning from Toby I've realized we need these bees to do a lot of things," Parker said.

Now that her frightening problem is solved, Parker is grateful for a front yard that once again feels safe.   

"It's a big deal to me to know that somebody's actually listening to you and taking into consideration what you're saying and actually putting in the time to help you for free, that's a huge blessing. That's awesome," she said.

Once all the bees are removed they will be taken to a local bee yard. The tree will be sealed up so no more bees can get back in.

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