Residents along F Street can breathe a little easier after a beehive was removed Nov. 1 after it was discovered deep inside a rotting tree.

According to a news release, the city's public works crew worked alongside a beekeeper and tree trimmer in an effort to safely remove the beehive without harming the already declining bee population.

An initial attempt was made to encourage the bees to move into a bee box, however it was unsuccessful.

β€œIt was a good environmentally-friendly way to deal with this type of issue. We were able to save the bees and restore safety for the public,” wrote Ryan Montgomery, Public Works director, in the news release.

According to the news release, the bees will find a new home at an apiary so they can help the environment during a time when we are seeing a decline in the bee population.

After the bees were removed, the tree was found to be completely rotten and hollow in many sections, and needed to be removed, wrote Montgomery.