Massive swarm of bees causes stir at Pennsylvania rest stop

Published On: Sep 20 2013 07:34:24 AM HST

A massive swarm of bees is causing quite the buzz at a rest stop in Lebanon County. The honey bees have stung dozens of people at the Love's Travel Stop near Exit 90 off I-81 in Jonestown.

The bees are very aggressive. Several people, even a News 8 photographer, have been stung multiple times.

Employees at the Love's Travel Stop say the buzz started Wednesday morning when the driver of a tractor trailer carrying the bees accidentally shifted his load coming off the highway. He then stopped at the Love's to fix it, without knowing that all the bees were escaping.

The result: Up to a half million bees covering a tree in the parking lot.

The weight was so heavy it weighed down a tree branch.

The store called a beekeeper to take care of the problem, which was not an easy task.

The beekeeper says he's never dealt with a situation like this one and usually it’s very small swarms, like the size of a football or basketball.

He estimates that this was 10 to 20 colonies.

"It's hot, which means they're aggressive. If you get anywhere close, they'll come after you and sting you," said Bill Fisher, the beekeeper.

News 8 was told that regular pest control companies wouldn't remove the bees because of the national shortage of bees. Instead, the beekeeper will take the bees to his bee farm in Hershey.


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