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News 4 gets results for viewers concerned about hornets' nest near bus stop

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A St. Louis Forestry Division employee puts on a bee suit and prepares to remove a large hornets nest. A St. Louis Forestry Division employee puts on a bee suit and prepares to remove a large hornets nest.
A St. Louis Forestry Division worker put a bag around a large hornets nest and cut it from a tree in the 3100 block of Whittier A St. Louis Forestry Division worker put a bag around a large hornets nest and cut it from a tree in the 3100 block of Whittier
A large hornets nest in a tree in the 3100 block of Whittier. Credit: KMOV A large hornets nest in a tree in the 3100 block of Whittier. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A large hornets' nest that was in a tree in the 3100 block of Whittier caused a lot of concern this summer. It was estimated to have as many as a 1,000 hornets and hanged over a sidewalk that children take to get to a bus stop.

"I'm very concerned about kids," said Elton Parks, who lives a couple of doors down.

Neighbors say the tree belongs to the city but the city won't do anything about the hornets.

Mary Covington said, "I have called so many numbers, because every time you call one department they give you two or three numbers to call."

So Covington contacted News 4, and after News 4 placed a call to the city's Forestry Division, an arborist was out at the scene within the hour.

Then several other workers with the Forestry Division showed up and one of them put on a bee suit and went up in a bucket truck to remove the hornets' nest. The worker put a plastic bag around the nest, cut the branch it was hanging from and brought it down. Some of the neighbors applauded.

After the nest that had caused so much concern was gone, Covington said, "Thank you, Thank you."

Greg Hayes, director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry told News 4 that he couldn't find any record of a complaint about the hornets' nest on Whittier. But he said that he and his department were glad to be able to respond to the neighbors' concerns and remove the nest.

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