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Beekeeper turns to bee removal, saves honeybees

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - When Michelle Chastain found bees in her North Chattanooga home, she didn't call an exterminator. She called a beekeeper.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Joshua Lachmann, of Fayetteville, Georgia, launched Southeast Bee Removal three years ago when the construction worker and beekeeper was looking for a new way to support his family.

On Friday, he sawed into the eave under Chastain's roof to vacuum up some 30,000 bees and remove the honeycomb.

Lachmann said he will either keep the bees or give or sell them to another beekeeper.

Lachmann's work is not only good for his bottom line - he charges around $700 and does about 100 jobs per season - it's good for the environment.

Honeybees, which pollinate about a third of our crops, are disappearing worldwide.

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