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The Day I Couldn't Play In My Yard Any More

Date: April 12th, 2008

Bee Solutions personnel were called to a backyard in the area of
Gladys and Delaware streets in Beaumont, TX, to look at a wild bee
nest. What we found was a colony of bees with an open-air nest
about 35 feet off the ground. This nest was about one-and-a-half
times the size of a beach ball. Obviously, it had been there for awhile.

The homeowner stated that her three-year old child had been playing
with his toys in the backyard a few days earlier, and the child came in
the house screaming and crying. The mother found two bees stuck to
the boy's arm, stinging him. She removed the bees and the stingers.
The child was not allergic, and no serious injury was done.

She stated at this time she looked all over the yard, trying to find out
where the bees came from, and did not see them. But she knew there
had to be a nest close by, and would not let the child go outside.

Three days later, a neighbor called her and asked her if she saw the
bee nest in her yard. She said no, and asked where it was. The
neighbor told her to walk out to her patio and look straight up in her
tree, and there it was.

We returned two days later after posting the required pesticide
treatment notices with the homeowner and exterminated the nest.
Remember, European bees do not often nest out in the open. The
homeowner wanted to know if we could positively identify the bees.
We told her that the only way that positive identification could be
made, was by collecting and sending a sample to A & M where they
would perform the FABIS (Fast Africanized Bee Identification System)
test.

These bees probably have some Africanized genes in them.
However, I would suspect that the number will be low when the test
comes back due to the fact that the nest was so big. If it was a high
percentage, from our experience these bees would have been way,
way more aggressive.