Hive with 30,000 Killer Bees Taken Down in Harlingen

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Bees are doing more than buzzing in the Rio Grande Valley.

This weekend six people were hospitalized after bees attacked about 40 to 50 people near Arroyo City.

Yesterday professional beetrapper Luis Slayton took down a hive with more than 30,000 killer bees in Harlingen.

“Here’s a swarm I brought down from the tree right now in the valley we’re going through the 2017 swarm season. With that means is that there’s swarms coming in from Mexico and traveling up.”

Swarming season started early this year.

“There’s flowers blooming and it made to Mesquite bloom all our natural shrubs and trees are blooming all that same time with the citrus so there’s an abundance of nectar.”

If you see a swarm of bees, contact a professional beekeeper or pest control. Call 911 if you’re getting attacked.  

“Reasons why people get attacked. One of them is a chance occurrence that they went into a hive and they didn’t know was there.

Another one is negligence because the homeowner didn’t take care of a beehive that’s been there for a while, and the third is because he pestered a hive.”

Slayton offers live saving advice for bee attacks.

“Sit in your vehicle turn it on crank your windows up crank your air condition up lower your windows about that much and the bees will leave you alone with a change of temperature.”

“Slayton says if you see a beehive, don’t try to take care of it yourself but call a professional right away.”

Slayton will host a free Africanized Bee Attack First Responder Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders on April 5, 2017.

He will also introduce his Africanized Bee Institute Project that will help indigent families with beehive removal.  

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