Two Dogs Killed After Bee Attack At Lubbock Residence - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/5/04

Two Dogs Killed After Bee Attack At Lubbock Residence

Bees swarmed a Lubbock neighborhood Thursday afternoon, attacking residents and their pets with deadly results.

"Evidently they hit part of the hive and knocked it off and the whole nest of them emptied out and chased the painters down the street," explains Danny Henderson. The culprit: bees on the attack after their hive was accidentally destroyed while painters were painting his home. Four dogs were stung multiple times and treated by firefighters but the bee stings were too much for the dogs to handle, and ultimately killed two of them.

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"I don't know what to tell you other than the fact that they were in the backyard," says Henderson through tears, they were his dogs.

The aggressive nature of these bees makes Tim Gafford, of Gafford Pest Control, suspect that these aren't regular honey bees. "The fact that these bees chased people for quite a distance, you don't really see that out of a normal honey bee," he explains. Some of the bees will be sent to a lab to be tested. But if you notice that your home has been invaded by a swarm, Gafford says there a few things you should remember:

  • Get inside of your home away from the bees as soon as possible.
  • Immediately call pest control so that they can control the situation using special tool to fight off the bees.
  • Finally, do not try to treat them yourself, wait for the professionals to arrive.

And Gafford says that today's bee attack could have been much worse. "An unattended small child could have been a dangerous situation, fortunately nothing like that happened," he adds.

Experts should know by early next week if the bees are Africanized.

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