Experts Warn: Rising Temperatures Bring Bee Swarms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/4/04

Experts Warn: Rising Temperatures Bring Bee Swarms

Bees can swarm just about anywhere but most often you'll find them in trees or the eaves of your house. They can gather in large numbers and encountering them can be very frightening and pest control officials say it's important you know what to do because all bees can be dangerous.

"They all will sting you and of course your Africanized are a little bit more aggressive and they will sting you more than your normal honey bees but in any situation they can be very aggressive," says Tim Gafford with Gafford Pest Control.

Gafford Pest Control says there have not been any confirmations of Africanized bees in the Lubbock area this year but adds that does not mean they are not here. If you find a bee swarm, the best thing to do is call a local pest control company to exterminate them. Do not attempt to get rid of them yourself. If you are stung, doctors say there are a few symptoms you need to watch out for.

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"They will come in and have a difficult time breathing, start swelling inside the mouth, sometimes break out all over but more of what we see is kind of a hypersensitive reaction or toxic reaction which is when a person gets stung by more than 10 bees," says Dr. Satish Patel of Covenant Medical Center.

Dr. Patel adds that if you are allergic to bee stings you can experience more serious reactions like: shock, dizziness, unconsciousness, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these reactions you need to get to an emergency room as quickly as possible. Most symptoms doctors say can be treated with over the counter medications.

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