Clean up begins after thousands of bees attack family's dogs

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Clean up begins after thousands of bees attack family's dogs

CREATED Apr 5, 2013

Reporter: Liz Kotalik

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The bee carnage says it all.

Hundreds of them lying dead on the porch.

Thousands still swarming in the attic above.

It's relatively calm as beekeepers clean up the mess today, but just last night, homeowner Miguel Diaz said it was a different story.

"A neighbor called us...that our dogs were being attacked by a swarm of bees."

Africanized bees!

Killer bees!

Fifty-thousand of them living without permission in the Diaz's attic for about two years, according to Rural/Metro Fire Department Capt. Grant Cesarek.

"A beekeeper is here,  he's able to get in there, and is stating that it's the largest beehive he's ever seen inside of a house."

The honey comb found was eight feet long and three feet wide.

That's taller than Shaq!

"We never heard bees," Diaz said. "We've seen bees around, but not like they were living in our house."

But they had moved in alright. Very quietly.

And last night with the Diaz family out, the bees swarmed, attacking the Diaz's dogs: River, Hendley and Sepia.

David Romero lives right down the street.

"I was trying to get to them," Romero said, "but the bees wouldn't let me. There were so many of them. It was crazy!"

Romero grabbed the dogs and got them to the vet, and it's bad.

River and Hendley are still in critical condition.

It took about six hours today to get all fifty-thousand bees out.

The Diaz family is anxious to get the all clear to move back in, and to welcome back Hendley and River to a home buzzing with family and friends...not Africanized bees.