Bees attack in a northwest neighborhood

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Bees attack in a northwest neighborhood

By Liz Kotalik. CREATED May 2, 2013

Reporter: Liz Kotalik

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Bees were everywhere.

Swarming and attacking, angry and aggressive. 

"We haven't seen this much aggression in a very long time, at least not on the Northwest side," said Capt. Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire Department.

The hive was 14 inches tall and 18 inches wide.

A beekeeper came to the house around 8 a.m. this morning trying to remove the hive.

When the bees got all fired up, they stung an unsuspecting man 20 times during his morning walk.

He was not allergic, and was not transported to the hospital.

However, a mother and a son who lived next door were stung over 40 times.

Bother were allergic to bees.

Emergency crews immediately rushed them to the emergency room.

"The paramedic was telling me that in route to the hospital, they were still finding bees in her hair," said Capt. Goldberg.

The two were able to go home not long after, and told Nine On Your Side that although they did not feel well enough for an interview, they are doing fine and are just shaken up. 

Bee attacks in this neighborhood are nothing new.

Janee lives across the street from where the hive was formed, and she told us she had beekeepers remove three hives of her own.

"[The beekeepers] said oh yeah, that's ground zero for Africanized bees."

Ed lives a couple of doors down, and bees killed his two dogs last year.

"I called the vet, and the vet told me at this point, there wasn't a lot he could do for them."

And now, it's bee season for everyone, and Capt. Goldberg said it looks like the bees are starting to move northward.

So, all this buzz won't be silenced any time soon.

If you hear buzzing or see a swarm of bees, the fire department said to go inside and call 9-1-1 immediately.

Do not jump into a pool, do not panic, and do not wear sunglasses!

The beekeeper told Nine On Your Side that sunglasses make you look like a bear to the bees.



Liz Kotalik

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Liz Kotalik is so proud to work in her home state of Arizona with her KGUN9 family. She anchors the 7 a.m. morning show "GMT Extra" on the CW Tucson every weekday, and also reports for later newscasts.