Killer Bees Confirmed in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/10/04

Killer Bees Confirmed in Lubbock

Painters were pressure washing the side of a house in Southwest Lubbock last Thursday when they disturbed a bee hive. It was underneath a piece of wood on the roof next to the chimney. It has since been boarded up so the bees cannot return. Experts say high places like are prime locations for bees, and potential killer bees, like to colonize.

Last week in a Southwest Lubbock neighborhood firefighters were spraying down the side a house and fighting to save the lives of four dogs. The dogs all died. NewsChannel 11 has learned this was the work of killer bees. "It's kinda scary to the fact that they have been on the end of my house all this time," said home owner, Danny Henderson.

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Henderson says not all of the bees were killed during this rescue. "Somebody around here has some bees in their backyard. I'd be paying attention," he said.

The Texas A&M Honey Bee ID lab in College Station sent confirmation of the killer bees to Gafford Pest Control Owner Tim Gafford. Now that the killer bees are in Lubbock, Gafford suggests that all residents be aware and don't take matter into your own hands if you come across an agitated bee hive. "When people get them, they need to let the pros handle it who have the equipment and know how to deal with them," Gafford said.

Gafford says bees like to colonize in high places and places that are in tight nit areas. "Bees are going to get into certain spots. The only way you're going to keep them out is if your house is very well sealed outside of your roof. They can get down into two fences that are close together. Not to say that they are all Africanized bees," said Gafford.

Gafford says if you are under attack, use water to get them off of you, your children, or your pets. But his best advice is to stay away. Henderson has learned first hand that's important. "They were very aggressive. They wouldn't back off. They would come after you," he said.

Gafford also says repellents are not going to keep you safe from an attack, but it may help a little to keep them away from you.

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