Three people were stung by bees Friday afternoon at a home on North East Street.
One person was taken to a local hospital after he was stung multiple times by bees and two other people were treated by Victoria Emergency Medical Service at the scene, said Jeff Cowan, a battalion chief with the Victoria Fire Department.
“One of the residents was mowing, which aggravated the bees, (and) that is when they started swarming and stinging,”” Cowan said. “We were able to locate the hive inside a wall of the residence, and we were able to spray them down with soap and water.”
The Victoria Fire Department responded to a beesting call at the home about 3 p.m. Firefighters put on bee suits, which they keep aboard fire trucks, to locate the hive and kill as many bees as they could, Cowan said.
“If they’re threatening multiple people like they were today, we’ll get soap and water on them,” he said. “The vibration of the mowers is what really stirs them up. Ideally, if we can get to them like we did today, we’ll put soap and water on them.”
The bee attack came two days after three people were attacked by bees in downtown Victoria and four days after a Yoakum man died after he was attacked by bees while mowing. In late mid-June, another man died after he was swarmed by bees while mowing in Inez on Father’s Day.
“Normally we don’t have a bee problem, but for some reason the last couple weeks we’ve had several calls,” Cowan said.
If you’re being swarmed by bees, you should protect your face, including your eyes, ears, face and eyes, as best you can and try immediately to get to an enclosed space, like inside a car or a house, Michael Olson, a bee remover and relocator, recently told the Advocate. You should also avoid swatting the bees.
“They’re light-sensitive, so if you go into a dark car, they’re going to go to the light” at the car’s windows, Olson said. “If you go into a dark house, ,they’re going to go to the windows.”
People with known bee allergies should carry an EpiPen or some other form of epinephrine auto-injector, and even people without allergies could benefit from Benadryl if they are stung, Olson said.
Tracy Fox, Victoria Fire chief, said previously the department takes action and tries to exterminate if bees are aggressive and attacking people or animals.
“They are typical at this time of the year and then in the springtime,” he said. “But if you have a nest and disturb them, then it doesn’t matter what time of year; they’ll swarm.”
By Friday evening, the fire department did not have additional information on the beesting victims’ conditions or identities.