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Honeybees being relocated from Brentwood park

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -

Thousands of honeybees have made their home in a tree at Crockett Park in Brentwood; however, the city is taking steps to safely remove the honeybees.

The infested tree is located along a walking trail near a creek and one of the park's multi-purpose fields.

A sign has been placed, cautioning park goers, alerting them that the honeybees are being relocated.

The city has contracted a beekeeper to relocate the honeybees. An orange fence and wooden box have been set up as part of a trap.

However, according to beekeeper Benny Kirby, getting rid of honeybees isn't as easy as it sounds.

"You can't kill a honeybee in Tennessee without getting permission from the state," Kirby told Nashville's News 2.

It is also illegal to use certain pesticides to remove honeybees.

Kirby believes with the trap set up, these bees will likely be moved to another hive.

However, this is not the first time honeybees have made this very same tree their home.

Kirby was called out to remove honeybees from Crockett Park two years ago, but he is not the beekeeper handling the case this year.

"The smell of the wax is there for years after you get the bees out," Kirby said. "They'll be back next year, but they won't be the same bees.

Until the honeybees find a new home, Kirby reminds park goers to be careful, "Bees won't bother you unless you swat at them, just hold your breath and walk slowly around them. They won't bother you but when you make a sudden move that's when they'll get you."

No word from the city of Brentwood on how long this honeybee relocation process could take.
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