100,000 killer bees attack: Two Florida park workers escaped the wrath of as many as 100,000 killer bees, officialy known as Africanized honey bees, after disturbing a hive underneath an old tire.
Two Florida park employees were swarmed by as many as 100,000 Africanized honey bees, or “killer bees,” after accidentally disturbing a hive.
“It was like a thousand little knives poking me in my body,” Rodney Pugh, 41, told ABC Action News. He said the bees emerged as a front-end loader was removing a pile of trash from a road going into Picnic Island Park in Tampa, Florida.
The loader was also surrounded by bees. “It was like bees all in the cab,” Pugh said. “So I’m trying to swat, and they say never to swat bees.”
Both Pugh and another worker, David Zeledon, were both stung around 100 times each.
“My ears were just throbbing with pain,” said Pugh, who added: “It’s the worst feeling because you just had so many and they wouldn’t stop.”
They disturbed the bees when they overturned an old truck tire, reported WFLA television.
Fason Deeringer of Insect I-Q told the station that the bees were likely Africanized. “[Africanized bees] have a horrible attitude. Highly defensive,” he said.
“The problem that we’re having is the wild bees,” Simkins told ABC. “This pile of rubbish wasn’t moved for three years. So this colony’s been breeding and sending out colonies,.”
Africanized honey bees are a hybrid variety of the Western honey bee species and the African honey bee species. They are far more aggressive than the European subspecies.
Around a decade ago, the Africanized bees spread from South America to Central America before moving into Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Georgia, and southern California.
In 2011, an elderly couple in Texas was stung to death after they disturbed a hive while cleaning out a remote cabin.
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