Family besieged by tens of thousands of bees

Honey bees swarm outside of a Saginaw family's home in Saginaw, Mich., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Toby Sewell, owner of J&T Beekeepers, estimates 60,000 to 70,000 bees were living in the tree outside the home. Crystal Parker says the bees swarmed Sunday above her home. "Saying there were a lot of bees would be an understatement," she says. (AP Photo/The Saginaw News, Tim Goessman)
Honey bees swarm outside of a Saginaw family's home in Saginaw, Mich., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Toby Sewell, owner of J&T Beekeepers, estimates 60,000 to 70,000 bees were living in the tree outside the home. Crystal Parker says the bees swarmed Sunday above her home. "Saying there were a lot of bees would be an understatement," she says. (AP Photo/The Saginaw News, Tim Goessman)

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Saginaw family is being besieged by tens of thousands of bees living in a maple tree at their home.

Toby Sewell, owner of J&T Beekeepers, tells The Saginaw News that he estimates 60,000 to 70,000 bees were living in the tree.

Crystal Parker says the bees swarmed Sunday above her home. “Saying there were a lot of bees would be an understatement,” she says.

Sewell says he’s dealt with past problems with big bee colonies and says he’s got a plan to get the bees out of the neighborhood about 85 miles northwest of Detroit. He’ll build a beehive replica, seal off all but one entrance to the inside of the tree and lure bees into the replica.

He says the bees will be moved to another location.

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Information from: The Saginaw News

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