Two Dogs Killed by Honey Bees Not 'Killer' Bees - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/29/03

Two Dogs Killed by Honey Bees Not 'Killer' Bees

Lab results obtained by NewsChannel 11 say the bees discovered in a South Lubbock neighborhood were honey bees. This discovery has prompted officials to remind us that any kind of bee can pose a danger and if you come across a beehive, you need to take action.

Finding a swarm of bees in your yard can be frightening, and for good reason. On July 11th, two dogs were killed by a swarm of bees in the 2800 block of 62nd St.

"They had the activity that you would think they were Africanized bees but the tests showed that they weren't," says Tim Gafford of Gafford Pest Control Services in Lubbock.

On Tuesday the Entomology Department at Texas A&M confirmed the bees were European honey bees not Africanized or "Killer" Bees as originally thought.

"People need to be very cautious even though these were not Africanized bees the European bees will sting repeatedly kill animals, people, children, older people, just like the Africanized will," says Gafford.

Gafford points out that European honey bees are just as aggressive as killer bees. They can build a home anywhere so make sure to check around your house for hives. "European bees can swarm build hives just about anywhere in facilities or homes anywhere in town. Up in the eaves of homes or sometimes they may just take off on a swarm particular times of the year and they'll be in a tree or sides of the house."

Gafford says if you see a hive around your house don't attempt to remove it yourself. "I'd stay from any bees that you might see and if they don't go away you might want to call a pest control professional or a beekeeper."

Gafford says for the most part bees are not dangerous unless provoked. If you notice bees buzzing around your house, they may be nesting nearby. At that point, you should call a pest control company to eliminate the danger.

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