GALVESTON — Bees legally kept in a backyard hive attacked two children as they walked along a sidewalk. One was stung 35 times, an official said Thursday.
The bees kept in a backyard in the 7000 block of Sycamore Drive attacked the pair shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, said Elizabeth Rogers, a spokeswoman for the city of Galveston.
One refused treatment, but the other went to an urgent-care clinic.
“The minor’s mother reported that he was stung 35 times,” Rogers said.
Rogers knew the age of one of the children, who was 13.
The city doesn’t know what type of bees attacked or whether they were Africanized honeybees.
The bees were extremely aggressive toward the children and firefighters, who found them in a beehive box.
The city has no prohibition against backyard bee colonies, but firefighters contacted the city’s Animal Services Unit, which decided to eradicate the hive.
While dressed in protective gear, firefighters used a hose to spray the hive with a mixture of soapy water, killing the bees, Rogers said. Rogers had no estimate on the number of bees killed.
Firefighters have similar bee calls up to five times per year, mostly in the spring and summer, Rogers said.
Firefighters have experience and the training to deal with attacks from Africanized honeybees, Rogers said.
“Trends show that they are cross breeding with domestic honeybees and that the domestic species are, as a result, becoming more aggressive,” Rogers said.