Moody woman released from hospital after bee attack - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Moody woman released from hospital after bee attack

MOODY, TX (KXXV) -

A man is dead and a woman is out of the hospital after the two were attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees in Moody.

Deputies say the man was mowing his neighbor's lawn over the weekend when he hit a pile of wood that housed a hive.

Joyce Dodge was home on Saturday, when suddenly she heard screaming.  She ran outside and saw a swarm of bees covering Larry Goodwin and Angel Puckett.

Dodge says, "The bees were horrendous. And her daughter couldn't get near her so I called 911 and they were fantastic. They stayed with me, but we couldn't get over there to help because of all the bees."

Goodwin died at the scene. Puckett was hospitalized and released over the weekend.  Experts say the odds were against them.

McLennan County Ag Extension agent Shane McLellan says, "The best thing to do is get inside a vehicle or get inside a house, some structure that they can't penetrate. I've heard of people putting blankets or cloth on themselves, but that's definitely not enough. You've got to do something to separate those bees from you."

Even though this particular attack happened in a rural area, experts say that Africanized bees do not discriminate.  They will set up their hives almost anywhere - city or country.

McLellan says, "Africanized honey bees like to put up hives in different areas than say maybe an Americanized honey bee would. They look for some areas maybe under the ground, under a log, under an old car."

But if they do surface, it's an experience most won't soon forget.

Dodge says, "It's just something that at my age, I have never seen. All my years on this Earth. And they're the sweetest people in the world."

Patrick Baldwin, CEO of Bugsdotcom, says "bee season" has not been consistent in recent years, so he's urging people to be cautious of hives year-round.

To the naked eye, Baldwin says Africanized bees and honey bees look the same.  Although he recommends calling an exterminator if there's any question, Baldwin says people can get rid of hives themselves by hosing them down with soapy water.

He says hives need to be completely removed or the bees could return year after year.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

    Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:33 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:33:04 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:36:15 GMT
    Congress is moving to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis. (Source: CNN)Congress is moving to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis. (Source: CNN)
    Congress is moving to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis. (Source: CNN)Congress is moving to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis. (Source: CNN)

    Congress is moving to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House was to approve...

    More >>

    Congress is moving to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes. The House was to approve legislation to roll back the Dodd-Frank law.

    More >>
  • Trump won't say if he has confidence in Rosenstein

    Trump won't say if he has confidence in Rosenstein

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:12:21 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:35 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:35:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign.

    More >>

    The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign.

    More >>
  • Teen suspect in Maryland officer's slaying held without bail

    Teen suspect in Maryland officer's slaying held without bail

    Monday, May 21 2018 11:43 PM EDT2018-05-22 03:43:29 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:29 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:29:23 GMT
    A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer. (Source: Baltimore County Police/CNN)A 16-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Baltimore County, Maryland, police officer. (Source: Baltimore County Police/CNN)

    The officer, who wasn't immediately identified, was run over by a Jeep and fatally injured, authorities say.

    More >>

    The officer, who wasn't immediately identified, was run over by a Jeep and fatally injured, authorities say.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly