30,000 honeybees removed from Chattanooga home

photo Joshua Lachmann removes bees using a vacuum from a home in North Chattanooga on Friday. He believes there were around 30,000 bees living in that hive.

A hive of honeybees got a sweet deal Friday at a house for sale in North Chattanooga.

Instead of being poisoned, the 30,000 or so unwanted bees were vacuumed up by Fayetteville, Ga., beekeeper Joshua Lachmann, who'll house them in one of his hives -- or give or sell them to another beekeeper.

Honeybees are disappearing worldwide in what's described as "colony collapse disorder."

Its cause is unknown, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and similar honeybee disappearances occurred in the 1880s, the 1920s and 1960s.

The bees' disappearance is worrisome, because one mouthful in three in our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination, the USDA says.