published Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Tennessee couple try to evict 25,000 bees from under hood

What bees really like is a hollow tree, but Tommy and Cristi Hill found during the weekend that a new Chevy will do just fine.
What bees really like is a hollow tree, but Tommy and Cristi Hill found during the weekend that a new Chevy will do just fine.
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What bees really like is a hollow tree, but Tommy and Cristi Hill found during the weekend that a new Chevy will do just fine.

They left her 2011 Chevrolet Traverse in their driveway Saturday when they went out for breakfast and to shop. When they returned about four hours later, they found an estimated 25,000 honeybees had swarmed under the hood of Cristi's crossover vehicle and onto the hood and windshield.

"You couldn't see the windshield wipers," Tommy said.

He and his wife are concerned about worldwide reports that bees are disappearing. "They're a vanishing thing," he said. While he wouldn't kill them, he was willing to make them feel unwelcome. From his rural home in Brighton, he drove his wife's car down U.S. 51 at 60 to 65 miles per hour.

"It didn't faze them," he said.

Read more at the Commercial Appeal.

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