WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Tucson Fire Department advised residents on Wednesday to keep their dogs away from the southeast area of Tucson after three dogs were attacked by an aggressive bee swarm.
- The fire officials were able to take the dogs to a vet but all three died.
- The fire department assigned crews to foam the aggressive insects in order to kill them to prevent further attacks.
The Tucson Fire Department warned residents on Wednesday to watch out for an “aggressive” swarm of bees that killed three dogs in Arizona.
Local fire officials decided to assign a crew tasked with “foaming” the bees with insecticide in order to kill them. The department said they do not like the idea of killing the bees but have to do so in order to protect the dogs and other pets from any future attack.
“We never enjoy killing precious bees, but in these rare cases, it is necessary,” the Tucson Fire Department said on Twitter. “Continue to avoid the area.”
Shortly after the dogs were relocated away from the bees, officials thought the animals would just have a “tough few days ahead of them.” They dogs were taken to a veterinarian, where all three died. The department did not mention what type of bee attacked the dogs.
According to the department, the bees took shelter in a neighboring shed before the attack.
“Please be mindful of your animals always, but particularly when there are bees on your property,” the department tweeted.
Mesa Fire Capt. Mike Castillo said bee swarms have been a problem in Arizona when the weather starts to warm up.
“As the sun starts to come out throughout the day, what will happen is bees are transient and they follow the queen, and they basically create a hive around the queen,” Castillo told FOX 10 Phoenix. “The queen will move to a location, and they will set up the hive in a cooler area. They may stay for a few hours to days.”
Over the years, bee swarms have fatally attacked or caused injuries to a number of people in the state.
Last year, two people were hospitalized and numerous were stung after thousands of bees swarmed a Mesa senior living facility.
A woman in her 80s was stung more than 30 times on her head, face, and neck, while her caregiver was stung over 50 times all over her body.
“This was an unusual set of circumstances,” said Castillo, according to the station. “These bees became extremely aggressive very quickly, and as far as we can tell, they were unprovoked.”
Source: Fox News