Local beekeer says bee season is reaching full force

POSTED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 2:57pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 10:19pm

A Moody man died this past weekend when a swarm of killer bees stung him into cardiac arrest. The bee season started late this year due to winter freezes, but is now roaring to it's peak.

Allen Miller of Allen Miller's Bees Be Gone was the beekeeper who removed the deadly hive. On Tuesday morning, he was summoned to a subdivision in McGregor.

He took care of what looked to be a small bee problem in a water meter, but Miller said looks can be deceiving.

“I have never seen a water meter so clogged up before.' said Miller as he reached two feet into the pipe. "I originally thought these bees had only been here a week. Well, they’ve been here for months. This is unbelievable. It's full of honey and honeycomb.”

The small hole housed more than 1,000 bees, but at least they weren’t Africanized killer bees; the same type of bee that killed the Moody man in a swarm over the weekend.

Allen took care of that hive too and said no person is safe around a ticked-off killer bee hive.

“They just absolutely get all over you and lose concentration. It’s just amazing," said Miller.

This year’s bee season started slow due to winter freezing, but is now in full swing.

Allen said to do a quick inspection of your property, get on top of a problem before it gets too big, call a professional if you have a concern.

If you find yourself in a bad situation with bees, Allen said get to air conditioning as soon as possible. The change in environment stuns a bee.

“The worst thing you can do is jump into a pool or a lake," said Miller. "The best thing you can do is get in your car. Roll the windows up, turn the air on, point the vents towards you, and within 30 seconds, it is over.”


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