VACAVILLE, CA (AP) - A Vacaville elementary school was briefly invaded by tens of thousands of bees in what beekeepers say is a rising number of encounters between bee swarms and people in the San Francisco Bay area.

KTVU-TV reportsthat about 80,000 bees were safely removed from a tree at Foxboro Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon. No one was harmed.

President of the Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association Brian Wort says his group is getting multiple calls a day about bee swarms.

Swarming season lasts through May, and beekeepers are on alert.

Wort said the swarms occur when hives split and new bee queens are being hatched. He said swarming bees are less aggressive because they do not have a hive to defend.

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