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UPDATE: Thousands of bees removed from home

Posted at 11:45 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 03:07:45-04
UPDATE: Thousands of bees were rescued from a valley home with the help of 13 Action News. A family terrified to use their backyard earlier this week, can now go out there freely. 
Jennifer Neuman contacted 13 Action News last week about hundreds of bees swarming a pillar in her backyard. She told us she had been stung and her dog swelled up badly after being stung multiple times.
13 Action News checked it out on Monday.
Neuman was adamant she didn't want the bees killed. However, she couldn't afford a beekeeper after being quoted multiple times.
After our story aired, we talked to multiple beekeepers interested in offering their service. Josh Hammons said he would do it for free.
Hammons is a local beekeeper who rescues bees because he loves doing it.
At Neuman's house, he sawed open the pillar, and saved the eight honeycombs and 8,000 bees. He used a delicate process that took about six hours. At some points, he used his bare hands when handling the bees.
Hammons brings the bees home and puts them to work. He jars their honey without filtering it so the pollen can be seen in the honey.
He sells his honey at the Las Vegas Farmers Market near Charleston and Rampart. It is run by the City of Las Vegas.
If you have a bee swarn, you can contact Hammons to rescue it for you. Hammons can be reached at 801-529-7562. His email is Hammonshoney@hotmail.com.
ORIGINAL STORY: Honey bees are taking over a valley woman's backyard. It's so bad, she can hardly go outside, unless it's absolutely necessary. But there's another catch to the story too. She's adamant the bees don't get killed.
When Jennifer Neuman first called our newsroom, she was in tears, explaining how bad the bee infestation is and how badly she wants to keep them alive. But she can't afford a beekeeping service so she might have to consider a plan B.
Neuman says the bees swarmed into her yard about a month ago. She happened to be looking out her window when it happened and she saw what appeared to be a big black cloud move in. She quickly realized it was bees with their strong buzzing sound.
"I don't want to come out here," said Neuman. "I'm very worried about my dogs coming out here."
One of her dogs, Daisy, was already stung badly.
"She was swollen. Her face was swollen. Her eyes were almost shut. Both her front paws were huge."
But even after all this, Neuman does not want to kill the bees.
"I do want to keep them alive but I'm getting to the point where I'm not going to be able to."
She says she called a handful of beekeepers, but they all quoted her too high.
"I do not have that money right now. That's why I'm hoping somebody will come and say hey I'll come get those bees. Whatever it takes. Because we all know why we need bees."

Clark County sent out a notice on Monday alerting people that it's now bee season and to be prepared for swarms at your home.