A swarm of angry bees attacked a mother and her two children after they got too close to their hive, leaving all three in hospital.
The insects stung the woman, boy and girl in a house in a residential area near 23rd Avenue and Rose Garden Lane in northern Phoenix, The Arizona Republic newspaper reported, citing Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Captain Scott Douglas.
The fire department was called to the scene at 11:15 a.m. after it was reported that bees had appeared behind a shed near the back of the property and attacked three people.
Crew members in protective clothing saved the family by spraying the bees with foam to allow the woman and her children to escape.
Douglas said the family was in stable condition when they were taken to the hospital for examination and further treatment.
The family members were not named. It was unclear whether they were in their apartment at the time of the attack and whether the attack was unprovoked. The nature of their injuries was also unclear, as was the nature of the bees.
A picture of the scene, taken by the Arizona Family’s news helicopter, showed two people in white protective suits in the backyard of the property. Foam could be seen covering the area around the barn.
This is not the first time a bee attack has hit the headlines in Arizona this year. In May, a swarm of bees killed three dogs in Tucson and prompted the fire department to warn residents to avoid the area. Writing on Twitter, the fire department described the bees as “aggressive”: “We never enjoy killing valuable bees, but in these rare cases it is necessary.
As with the incident in Phoenix on Monday, firefighters were called to the scene to foam the bees.
At that time, the Tucson Fire Department asked the public to always look out for their animals, “especially if there are bees on your property.
In this case too, the species of bees was unclear. However, the cases seem to have the characteristics of Africanized bee attacks. In recent decades, colonies of Africanized bees have increased in the United States and are found in southwestern states such as Arizona.
Compared to their European counterparts, they are more defensive, swarm and sting humans or animals without being provoked, and can protect nests from up to 100 meters away. This behavior reflects the behavior of the bees involved in the attacks in Phoenix and Tucson.
Africanized bees usually have open, exposed nests that they build in cavities such as animal holes in the ground. Bee attacks can be prevented by avoiding occupied nests, such as the one behind the stables in Phoenix. These can be recognized by the insects that fly near the entrance. It is also recommended that trees, logs or trash be examined for bees before moving.
If you are attacked, try to get into the house as soon as possible and do not try to hide under water or in a bush. Do not hit the insects, as this may upset them.