When it comes to annoying pests and animals that do damage to one's home and pets, there are plenty. From the roaches in Florida (gah!) to moles, weasels, and termites, my husband and I have battled more than a few in houses we've lived in across the United States. As annoying as they've been, they're nothing compared to the real-life attack of the killer bees one Texas couple recently experienced.
Kirsten Beauregard told the Star-Telegram that she'd seen a bunch of bees around her house in recent weeks and had been trying to get rid of them. But she never expected the vicious attack that happened last Thursday evening when an estimated 30,000 bees attacked her, her boyfriend, and their two miniatures horses. She was stung an estimated 200 times, and her boyfriend about 50 times. The horses were stung so badly they died.
Kristen says they tried jumping in the swimming pool, but that did little good. She told the paper:
It got all dark, like it was nighttime there were so many bees. We were trying to stand up in the water but every time we stuck our heads out for air, they would cover us and start stinging us. We were trying to breathe and they were stinging us in the face and in the nose.
Just reading that is enough to induce nightmares. Can you even imagine how terrifying that would be? Beauregard and her boyfriend eventually escaped into the house and called police who along with paramedics tried to save the horses with medication and oxygen. Unfortunately, none of it worked, and the horses passed away. Four hens were also killed by the bees.
It's thought that the bees were Africanized honey bees, also known as "killer" bees. These aggressive bees are the same kind that attacked and killed a Texas man earlier this summer. Beauregard says they came out of the blue, and not because they upset a hive or were anywhere near it. Her advice for homeowners: "I want everyone to know if you see bees on your property, it needs to be taken care of immediately." Noted -- big time.
What's the worst pest you've had to battle at your home?
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