Africanized bees invade Alief home, kill neighborhood pets

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beesHOUSTON, TX – You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but one house on Sharpview Drive in Alief is getting a lot of buzz lately… not for the home itself but for the squatters out back– killer bees!

The 100,000+ colony of Africanized honey bees has been building a hive in the backyard for almost two years, and we can tell you firsthand– they’re mean!

“Bees on a regular colony will tend to come out and just kind of swarm around you a little bit. Whereas these here, they come straight out of the hive and come straight to you kamikaze-style,” explains Carlos Hernadez, a bee wrangler with Texas Bee Removal.

This week, the bees went on the attack, killing the next-door neighbors’ 120-pound German shepherd Fiona and four pet chickens. When the family went outside to move the dog’s body, resident Isabella Ruiz explains, “They were actually landing on my head. They were on our hairs; they were flying around our faces. They were actually going… to my eyes!”

Her brother Jose Barrera, 15, adds, “There was like a swarm of them. It was like the size of a basketball, but instead of hollow, it was filled with bees.”

“If that had been a child back there,” Hernandez warns, “we would be hearing about the child on the news being in the hospital or possibly dead because of these bees.”

So he has been working for four days at the homeowners’ request to get rid of them. First he uses a smoke can to calm the bees down. Then he vacuums them up and transfers them to another box that he’ll take out to a bee farm out in Dickinson… a sort of bee rehab.

“They’ll be re-queened,” he explains, “and then take on the traits of the new queen and not be aggressive anymore.”

Why not just spray poison and be done with ’em? Environmentalist Hernandez explains, “It’s important that we don’t kill any more bees because they’re in a critical state right now. We need them to pollinate our crops. Our food supply relies on them.”

Good thing there are people like Carlos out there, willing to risk themselves to take the sting outta today’s problems, but also thinking ahead to prevent tomorrow’s. In short– working to “bee” all he can be.

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