Experts give tips on how to avoid bee attacks after 3 hospitalized in Austin

Posted at 10:28 AM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 11:31:02-04

Bees are behind the recent string of attacks in Austin. 

According to the Austin American-Statesman, aggressive honeybees have led to recent hospitalizations. A woman was taken to the hospital after being stung by a bee near East 53 1/2 Street on Monday. Another man went into cardiac arrest after a bee attack and another one was treated for an allergic reaction after being stung. 

Honeybees in the Austin area are year-round, according to the Statesman. Hives can be found in tree hollows, insides homes or in areas like "underused picnic tables." 

Bee attacks happen when a beehive or colony feel threatened. This could be caused by several things, such as lawnmowers, children throwing rocks at hives, a person walking too close to the hive, etc. 

The Travis County Beekeepers Association told the Statesman that people should try to stay at least 10 to 15 feet away from a hive. 

Africanized honeybees can chase a person for up to a quarter of a mile. Experts say that anyone being attacked by bees should run away from the area. 

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