More than 100,000 bees make a buzz inside homeowner’s tree

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SPRING HILL, Kan. -- Bees can nest anywhere. One Spring Hill woman discovered a huge hive growing inside of her tree. But it became a huge problem when the tree had to come down.

There were 100,000 reasons to take extra care in cutting down the tree in question.

“When they dropped the tree, we couldn’t believe how much honeycomb, how big the hive was,” said Kim Deffenbaugh, the homeowner.

Strong winds and rain split apart the tree, that’s why Deffenbaugh first called her tree guy for help. Ron Claire had to buy a special suit for the job

“I had to dress like this so I wouldn’t get stung cutting up the tree,” said Clair with R & B Treeworks.

More than 100,000 bees carved a home for themselves inside the trunk. Todd Preator heard about it on his day off and came to the rescue.

“It started in the bottom, in the ground; some were in the roots even. The tree was hollow and there was one about six or seven feet up to about a three-foot hole,” said Preator with Save the Bees Rescue Company.

Clair would slice the tree and Preator would go in with a vacuum to collect the bees.

“I think I should get a little card that says honorary bee keeper, right?” asked Clair with a smile.

Although she was sad to see her tree go, Deffenbaugh said she’s glad the bees were saved.

Honeybees pollinate a quarter of America’s food, but according to the USDA, there has been a huge decrease in the honey bee population. That's why there's been a huge effort to save them.