Web Exclusive: 40,000 bees invade Texas church tower

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(CNN/WOAI) - There's a big buzz surrounding a Catholic church in Texas. 40,000 loud and potentially dangerous visitors took over. So, parishioners called in the experts.  

"When you're up in the air and the bees are unpredictable if they happen to start attacking you don't want to lose your balance," says Gillian Holder, Central Texas Bee Rescue.

Workers at Holy Spirit Catholic Church sent pictures to Central Texas Bee Rescue out of Austin. "Honey bees are capable of stinging," says Holder.
About 40,000 bees were ready to sting if provoked, so with proper equipment a team went about 30 to 40 feet up to bring the hive down. "We are definitely coming in here to mess with them," says Holder.
Central Texas Bee Rescue aims to protect people and the insects. In this case, the pests were sucked out and they were taken to a remote location.

"Take it out into the country in a place called an aviary where we can set them up in a hive box, just a regular white, you know, bee box and they can live out there in peace," says Holder.
People at the church might have been praying for a peaceful solution. Experts say merely spraying a pesticide might not get rid the problem.

"You may be able to kill the bees that are there but the honey comb will still be there.
It will still attract other pests," says Holder.



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