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Africanized bees kill one dog, injure another

About 50 yards away, past the empty Gatorade bottles that lined the curb, past the old paint can and the rusted barbecue grill, and beyond the home’s tattered wooden walls, about 80,000 bees crawled over their hive.

The bees attacked and killed the pit bull, Boss, and sent his best friend, Mama, to an emergency veterinary hospital late Thursday morning, authorities said. The pair had apparently gotten loose and wandered the St. Petersburg neighborhood before making their way into the back yard of a junk-littered home at 675 23rd Ave. S. The bustling beehive, full of Africanized killer bees, was in the attic.

The dogs’ barking attracted the bees, which swarmed and attacked, stinging the dogs each more than 100 times. Boss was dead when police arrived. Mama was struggling to breathe. A neighbor took her to VCA Noah’s Place Animal Medical Center. It was unclear whether she would survive.

“Boss was in love with Mama,” said Fabian Guzman. “She has over 100 stings. They’re not sure if she’s going to make it.”

Guzman, 28, who owns two other pit bulls, had been caring for the dogs since he found them running loose two weeks ago, he said. He was walking out his front door about 11:30 a.m. Thursday carrying a bowl of food for the animals when he saw that they had broken out of his screened-in porch. Down the street, he saw the thrashing Boss, engulfed in a cloud of bees. He rushed over to try to help and got stung near his eye, he said.

Someone called police. They found the hive, nestled inside the attic on the east side of the home.

Thomas Davis, of Treeman Tree Services, was called to remove the hive, but advised that it would be unwise to do so during the day, when the bees are most aggressive, police said.

“It’s a very large hive,” said St. Petersburg police Lt. Dennis Bolender. “At this point, we’re not able to address the hive until after dark.”

Until then, officers waited in front of the home, warning people to avoid the area.

Neighbors complained that the home was unsafe, pointing to the piles of old discarded items in the front yard. “I’ve been here 18 years, and it has been that way for 18 years,” said Tukevia Smith. “I have small kids, and I have complained numerous times about the bees there.”

The couple who own the home, Don and Shirley Burns, said they were unaware of the beehive and would have removed it if they had known about it.

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Save Our Honey Bee’s

Colony Collapse Disorder;

              For the past eight years or so, we’ve been hearing the term “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) to refer to the seemingly spontaneous abandonment of their hives by honeybees. Bees have been abandoning their hives for centuries, but the rate at which such collapses have been observed started to increase more drastically in the 1970s, reaching alarming proportions around 2006. While numerous causes for the phenomenon have been floated, from pathogens and parasites to electromagnetic radiation and a proliferation of genetically-modified crops, new research from the Harvard School of Public health bolsters the case that a certain class of insecticides seem to be to blame.

Many believe there are many more reason for (CCD). At any rate the best way we all can fight this serious problem is to plant more colorful flowers in our yards and make sure there is a small amount of water near by. Re frame from pesticides and such.

Even though the Honey bee’s have a powerful sting they are certainly delicate. Did you know that if we loose the honey bee life would change as we know because every three things we eat has something to do with the honey bee.

If you have any questions on this topic please give All Bee Management a call.

 

 

 

 

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