Bees Attack Mumford Family, Kill Dogs; Neighbors Warned

By: Stephanie Ando, KBTX Staff Email
By: Stephanie Ando, KBTX Staff Email

A swarm of bees killed two dogs and attacked two people at a home in Mumford.

"We've known they were there, but we never had a problem with them...until Monday night," said Connie Sustaita.

Sustaita's husband, 18-year-old son, and two dogs were attacked Monday. Both dogs died as a result of bee stings.

"My husband came and put a water hose on the dog back there...so water could wet it. It didn't do any good. The bees got too much of her. They ended up attacking my Rottweiler up here in front too." said Sustaita.

The family's two dogs were in their respective kennels on different parts of the property, raising fears that the bees were willing and able to travel.

"Its pretty normal because they like these types of structures any way. They just think this old abandoned house is a tree anyway. They're out of the way, probably not meaning to hurt anybody. They're just protecting their area," said Brien Binford, an owner of Binford Insect Control.

Neighbors in the area around Mumford Circle were notified, but no evacuations were ordered. The property is near the Mumford Independent School District, and the staff were asked to keep students inside for the day while the bee issue was addressed.

Wednesday, firefighters sprayed foam on the abandoned shack where the bees had taken up residence. The shack is right next to a home where the Sustaita family lives.

Captured bees have been sent to Texas A&M to determine what kind they are. Authorities have stated they fear they are Africanized honey bees, more commonly known as "killer bees."

Mumford is about six miles south of Hearne and northwest of Bryan.


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