KBTX | Bryan & College Station, TX | News, Weather, Sports

Tomball Family Attacked by Bees, Expert Seeing Aggressive Trend

By: Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News Email
By: Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News Email

TOMBALL, Texas A Tomball family is sharing their story after they were attacked by a swarm of bees in their neighborhood.

The LaFavers were strolling along their typical route when the bees descended from a tree.

Amy LaFavers said there wasn’t a warning sign. She first noticed her 7-year-old son in pain and didn’t know what was happening until her husband screamed out.

“I hear my husband yelling ‘it’s bees, it’s bees, it’s bees,’” Amy said. “It was like a swarm dropped out of the sky. It was like a scene out of a horror film.”

For some reason the bees were drawn to her son Paris.

Paris, who has asthma, was stung about 20 times.

“I knew if I didn’t get him away more bees could come and overwhelm his system,” said Amy.

The family ran in the opposite direction and eventually escaped. That’s when the bees turned on their dog.

The pooch was okay, but Paris’ body was covered in hives.

Doctors treated him with a high dose of Benadryl and gave his family an EpiPen just in case.

Bee expert Claude Griffin with Gotcha Pest Control said the bees he’s been dealing with this season shouldn’t be underestimated.

“I can tell you right now as aggressive as they are, I would prepare yourself for just about anything,” Griffin said.

According to Griffin, he hasn’t dealt with bees this aggressive in ten years. He suspects it might be a combination of weather and environment.

“They are looking for anything they can pick up and take back to the queen and say listen, we have a whole new taste, and you’re the victim,” Griffin said.

Griffin said bees are drawn to perfumes, colognes, baby powder, tanning oil and even car wax. He said this is typically a busy time of year as it is.

According to Griffin, this is when colonies are maturing and new queens are sending troops searching for new homes and new tastes.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@kbtx.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 213570081 - kbtx.com/a?a=213570081