Killer bees spotted in South County

by dentonramsey

Killer bees spotted in South County

By Denton Ramsey / Staff Writer


Killer bees have been spotted in the local area, and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Santry is doing everything possible to make the general public aware of what to look for and what to do when bees attack.

According to Santry, it takes a microscope to truly identify the bees and the process isn’t easy.

“We recently held a program here in Alpine involving surrounding cities as well as the deputy sheriff to help make the public aware of our current bee problem,” Santry said. “And we had a good response because they came from all over the surrounding area.”

Terlingua Ranch has become a home for many of the bees taking refuge in old homes and homes in disrepair.

“We have all sorts of protective equipment to be used in an emergency situation involving bees in South County,” Santry said. “This equipment will be used when we have responders going out to places such as Terlingua Ranch.”

According to Santry, killer bees in South County have already killed a dog and have also attacked two couples in the area.

Below is a list of awareness tips involving preparation for bee attacks issued by Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Santry.

Bee Awareness Safety Tips

Be prepared:

* Wear light-colored clothing. Bees tend to attack dark clothing.

* Bees are sensitive to odors. The smell of newly cut grass has been shown to disturb honeybees.

* Avoid wearing floral or citrus after-shaves or perfume.

* Check your house and yard at least once a month to see if there are signs of bees taking up residence. If you do find a swarm or colony, leave it alone and keep family and pets away. Contact a pest control company.

If bees attack:

* Try to find shelter as soon as possible.

* Do not jump into water. Bees will wait for you to come up for air.

* When you are away from the bees, evaluate the situation. If you have been stung or are having symptoms other than local pain or swelling, seek medical attention immediately.

* Remove stingers as soon as possible to lessen the amount of venom. Scrape or brush stingers from the skin with a blunt instrument or plastic card.

* If you are allergic, always carry a bee sting kit.

* Ice packs may reduce swelling.

Do not:

* Don’t let stingers remain in the skin because venom can continue to pump into the body for up to 10 minutes.

* Don’t tweeze or pinch stingers when removing. That will squirt more venom into the body.

* Don’t cut the skin, try to suck venom out or use a meat tenderizer on the wound. That could lead to infection.


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