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Africanized bees attack beekeeper's worker

A local homeowner says they called a beekeeper on Thursday to remove a hive of bees attached to their home. The beekeeper was called to avoid exterminating the colony but when the worker arrived for the job, he was attacked. 8/5/16 (Christy Wilcox | KSNV)

The last of a large hive of Africanized bees are getting exterminated from a house in a neighborhood off Fort Apache and Russel Road.

The people living in the house said they began to notice the bees about three months ago, but did not want to kill them. Quan, a man living at the home, said he and his aunt searched for a beekeeper to remove the nest and eventually hired a beekeeper from Tom' Bee Hives for removal.

"We do not want to kill the bees, that's the reason why we call Tom the contractor," said Quan.

According to Quan, the beekeeper was with other men trying to remove them when they started to attack. One man, who was not wearing protective gear, was stung hundreds of times according to an exterminator who called in after the incident. That man was taken to South Hills hospital.

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Delcon Termite and Pest Control was called in by the homeowner to exterminate the bees and they were determined to be Africanized.

Field Manager, Jerry Spress said there were up to 700 bees, which is extraordinarily large compared to most hives they said they usually exterminate.

"The bees were agitated from what happened that morning. The technician thought those bees had been there for quite some time," said Spress.

We talked to the beekeeper from Tom's Bee Hives who refused an on-camera interview. He said he hired the man for the day and that he had not worked with him before. Quan said the beekeeper contacted him after he realized the bees were Africanized.

Delcom's Jerry Spress says 80 percent of our local bees are Africanized. He said they always send their technicians with gear to protect themselves.

"They are very aggressive and you never know how they are going to react, especially after having their home wiped out," said Spress.

Spress said always contact a professional who can help determine if bees can be saved or if they need to be exterminated.

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