Africanized Bees Swarm a Lubbock Neighborhood - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/11/03

Africanized Bees Swarm a Lubbock Neighborhood

On Friday Africanized bees, caused quite a scare in a Lubbock neighborhood following a deadly attack. Residents were asked to stay inside their homes, while firefighters eliminated thousands of bees. Two dogs were killed and a third is in critical condition.

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Around three o'clock Friday afternoon, Lubbock firefighters weren't battling a blaze but a colony of Africanized bees. "Kinda scary at first not really knowing what we were actually dealing with and if everybody was in harms way or if they were just regular bees," said Resident Chad Stallings.

Chad said they first noticed the bees about a month ago, but thought a wasp bomb killed them. Then Thursday night his roommates saw their dogs get attacked. Two dogs later died and Chad's dog is in critical condition. "The dog house was full of bees and there were two or 300 in the air, I approached the dog house and could hear them," said Expert Entomologist Pat Porter.

Expert Entomologist Pat Porter said the fire department did an excellent job. "Superb job, they got 99 percent of the bees in the first 20 seconds, then they went back three times, continuing to spray and they got them all."

Neighborhood residents were alerted to stay inside, because the spray would stir up the bees. "I woke up to a message on my answering machine that said there'd been killer bees that killed two dogs on the 2800 block of 62nd and I just sort of panicked, got my dogs in the house and watched what was happening across the street and I just saw fire trucks everywhere," said Rachael Miller, a neighbor.

There were thousands of bees, but the firefighters destroyed the colony and all of the bees in the area. "They've done a real good job of letting everybody know what's going on and not to get scared," said Stallings.

The Health Department was also on the scene today and wants area residents to know their is no reason to panic. There is reason to be-aware though, if you notice a colony of bees you should immediately alert the fire department, and if you have any old bee hive, they need to be destroyed so another swarm of bees doesn't move in.

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