Bees attack family; expert cites aggressive trend

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU.com

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Posted on June 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 3:25 PM

TOMBALL, Texas -- A Tomball family is sharing their story after they were attacked by a swarm of bees in their neighborhood.

The LaFavers were strolling along their typical route when the bees descended from a tree.

Amy LaFavers said there wasn’t a warning sign. She first noticed her 7-year-old son in pain and didn’t know what was happening until her husband screamed out.

“I hear my husband yelling ‘it’s bees, it’s bees, it’s bees,’” Amy said. “It was like a swarm dropped out of the sky. It was like a scene out of a horror film.”

For some reason the bees were drawn to her son Paris.

Paris, who has asthma, was stung about 20 times.

“I knew if I didn’t get him away more bees could come and overwhelm his system,” Amy said.

The family ran in the opposite direction and eventually escaped. That’s when the bees turned on their dog.

The pooch was OK, but Paris’s body was covered in hives.

Doctors treated him with a high dose of Benadryl and gave his family an EpiPen just in case.

Bee expert Claude Griffin with Gotcha Pest Control said the bees he’s been dealing with this season shouldn’t be underestimated.

“I can tell you right now as aggressive as they are, I would prepare yourself for just about anything,” Griffin said.

According to Griffin, he hasn’t dealt with bees this aggressive in 10 years. He suspects it might be a combination of weather and environment.

“They are looking for anything they can pick up and take back to the queen and say listen, we have a whole new taste, and you’re the victim,” Griffin said.

Griffin said bees are drawn to perfumes, colognes, baby powder, tanning oil and even car wax. He said this is typically a busy time of year as it is.

According to Griffin, this is when colonies are maturing and new queens are sending troops searching for new homes and new tastes.

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