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A Swarm Of Bees Killed Four Puppies And Stung A Mother And A Daughter Outside Of Their Glendale Home

A Swarm Of Bees Killed Four Puppies And Stung A Mother And A Daughter Outside Of Their Glendale Home

Arizona may contain some picturesque mountain views and hiker-friendly desert trails, but unfortunately, Africanized honey bees (AKA killer bees) become particularly abundant within the state during the summer months. Every year a few lives are lost to killer bees in Arizona and numerous hospitalizations result from their attacks. According to one pest control expert in Arizona, it is normal to receive around ten calls per day during the summer months concerning bee removal, but during 2015, he was receiving up to sixty bee removal calls per day. This particular year saw an abundance of killer bees due to the wet and warm climate during the previous winter. It is also common for killer bees to attack dogs, as 2015 also saw at least three dogs killed by the super aggressive bees in just one week. However, not all bee-related hospitalizations are due solely to killer bees, as normal honey bees can also pose a danger to residents. In fact, bees are more dangerous than snakes in Arizona. The normal bee season is between mid March and September in Arizona, and last year saw a particularly high rate of bee-related calls to pest control professionals and extension offices. Last year on March 15th, the first day of bee season in Arizona, bees had already killed four puppies in the yard of a Glendale home.

Esther Julian was speaking on the phone within her Glendale home when she heard her four 8 week old pitbull puppies crying in her backyard. Upon inspection, Julian found that her dogs were being attacked by a swarm of bees. Sadly, Julian felt hesitant to lure the bees away, as she thought that they would swarm into the house where her two young children were playing. However, the bees swarmed indoors anyway, at which point Julian and her two kids ran for cover at a nearby cemetery. Julian and her daughter both sustained at least one bee sting each, but her four dogs died in the attack and another went missing. Luckily, one of her new puppies managed to survive the attack.

Have you ever panicked in response to a bee swarm?

 

 

 

Thieves Make-Off With Two Million Honey Bees | Phoenix Bee Removal

Thieves Make-Off With Two Million Honey Bees | Phoenix Bee Removal

Having your possessions stolen is never fun, and this is why we keep our valuables in safe places. When it comes to preventing thefts, people may buy safes, or even hide their valuables before leaving home. Obviously, common thieves are after your most valuable possessions, as there are not too many thieves around who want to steal toiletry items from people’s homes. In big cities, like New York or Los Angeles, residents are understandably concerned with the high rate of robberies and petty thefts. It goes without saying that residents of bigger cities should always keep their valuables under lock and key. Of course, America is not the only place where high theft rates exist. For example, in the city of Skåne, Sweden, the rate of thefts are particularly high. However, in this city, thieves don’t seem concerned with getting their hands on your typical valuables, such as jewelry or electronics; instead, this city sees high rates of beehive thefts.

Every year in Skåne between fifty and one hundred beehives are stolen from beekeepers. The most recent beehive heist saw thieves make-off with at least two million individual bees of the Apis mellifera species. This was the largest theft of its kind in European history. According to local news sources, thieves stole fifty beehives as well as one thousand liters of honey. The thieves stole bees from two different beekeeping locations in the Swedish city. One of the beekeeper victims, Patrick Nilsson claimed that the loss made him feel as though his pets had just died. After Nilsson realized that he had been the victim of a theft, he called a nearby fellow beekeeper who also claimed to have been robbed of his beehives. It is not yet known how many bees were stolen from this second beekeeper. Sweden is not the only country to see high bee theft rates. For example, since 2011, hundreds of thousands of apiaries across England and Wales have been robbed. Experts blame the surge in thefts on increased competition between beekeepers.

Do you think that the alleged increase in competition among beekeepers is being driven by the declining bee population?