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Concerns raised over bee extermination at Hartford apartment

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Exterminators spent hours removing a bee infestation that took over a Hartford apartment recently.

For the last three years bees have been getting into Ayesha and Maurice Smith's apartment and within the last month the problem has gotten increasingly worse. On Tuesday and Wednesday exterminators spent hours trying to get rid of thousands of bees that have been swarming the Garden Street apartment bedroom, leaving honey dipping everywhere.

While the beehives have been removed, and the infestation is nearly gone, concerns about whether or not all of the bees had to die are being raised. In addition to the thousands of bees that were killed, gallons of honey was taken out of the apartment as well.

"There's always harvesting time. You could bring all that honey, all (of) them bees, you don't have to kill them," said neighbor Shecky Shabazz. "You bring the bee people out here, you know how they do."

Mark Creighton, an Apiary Inspector, said many individuals would "love to get their hands on a nice free beehive," and while there are no laws against exterminating bees, a beekeeper could, and would have, been able to preserve the bees, the honey and limit the mess.

"You want to do that safely, you want to use some smoke. Many of us that do this on a regular basis have special vacuum cleaners and we would vacuum the bees from the hive," Creighton said.

Property Manager for the apartment building Lynda Reeves said she never thought about contacting a beekeeper, as getting the bees out was her first priority. She said if this problem ever happens again she will call a beekeeper.

Now that all of the bees are out of the apartment, the Smiths can move back in after the ceiling is repaired and parts of the apartment are repainted. They are expected to move back in by Saturday.

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