Thousands of bees 'evicted' from motel

Created: 05/01/2014 6:28 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's move-out day at the De Anza Motor Lodge for some unwanted visitors. Earlier this week, we told you about the city's efforts to move out bees with the help of local beekeepers. Now, that day has come.

"We asked the people at the Open Space Visitor Center to come and help us along with communicating with the beekeeper community," said Chris Hyer, the Senior Planner for the City of Albuquerque.

Several beekeepers came out in full force today. they swarmed together to discuss final preparations before carefully taking action, which also involves putting on the necessary equipment to stay safe, even if this type of bee is known to be gentle.

"These might be Italians by looking at their markings on their bodies and they're very calm," said Jodi Hedderig, a local beekeeper and Facility Manager for the Open Space Visitor Center.

Up to 200,000 bees will be removed and the process will take several hours, but the public can rest easy knowing the bees will be taken care of.

"A couple of hives will go to the Open Space Visitor Center where we have a community education program and the rest will go to some of the beekeepers who helped out with the removal today," Hedderig said.

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