Thousands Of Bees Killed After Posing Threat to Local Community

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

Emergency personnel in a Robertson County community have been trying to kill several thousand bees that attacked and killed two dogs and stung and several people.

Firefighters weren't hosing down this abandoned Mumford home to put out a fire. They were trying to put down thousands of bees.

"I haven't seen them this big in a building. I have seen them in trees and just like that,” said Jerry Henry who is a firefighter with the Blackjack Volunteer Fire Department.

Henry was one of three firefighters that braved the bees when trying to destroy an 8 foot x 2 foot beehive.

"We were protected by bunker gear, and just water up there. When we put foam on bees, it would keep them from flying and then eventually kill them,” said Henry.

Investigators say the bees already killed 2 dogs. They say they feared the bees might attack students. Mumford schools are about a mile away from the giant bee hive.

Robertson County Sheriff's office says schools were let out a few minutes late, after emergency responders finished destroying most of the beehive.

"We wanted to do it before dusk because they have church here close by. A lot of people walking back and forth to church and down the road. Just wanted to try and get it taken care of as soon as possible,” said Deputy Constable Gary Turner with Robertson County.

"I am glad that it is over with. Everyone can move around safely and not worry about getting stung,” said Turner.

Investigators say the water and foam mixture is expected to kill the bees within hours and cause no harm to the environment.

Texas A&M has been sent a sample of the bees to determine what kind they are.

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