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Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 4:30 am

To the Editor:

I need some help and I don’t know what to do.

For years I have complained about my neighbor to the city and he cleans up to pass their inspection and then it goes back. He has bees in his house and has had them for years. He will spray them and they might go away for a while but come back.

The bees are getting worse and there are little kids who live next door.

If we go outside and try to do anything, the bees start to attack us.

My wife called the city this morning to try and have code enforcement come and look at the problem; she was told they do not deal with bees; we would have to call animal control.

She called animal control and they said for us to call a pest control company.

It is not my property; it is nextdoor.

The city said they have no control over this.

My question is, when does someone have control?

Is it when a child is stung by a dozen bees and that child is allergic to them?

I had no idea that we have code enforcement to allow people to keep property the way this is kept.

John Hanks

Killeen

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5 comments:

  • Gary Caraway posted at 5:21 pm on Mon, Jun 3, 2013.

    Gary Caraway Posts: 39

    What ever you do, don't throw stones to make the bees attack. If there is a posibility of anyone in the area that may get attacked, you'll regret it.

     
  • jbtsr posted at 2:25 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

    jbtsr Posts: 75

    Moody man kill, woman hospitalized by swarm of bees

    Posted: Jun 01, 2013 7:27 PM CDT
    By Adam Hammons - email
    MOODY -
    A Moody man has been killed after being attacked by bees.

    A woman is also in serious, but stable condition in the hospital after being attacked as well. McLennan County Sheriff Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon says it happened at 1200 Old Country road around noon Saturday. Cawthon says the man, who has not been identified, was mowing his neighbor's lawn on a tractor when he came upon a bee hive.

    Those bees then attacked the man and to get away he went over to his neighbor's house to fight them off with a hose. The bees, though, were too much and the man died by the house. Cawthon says the swarm was described as a black cloud with possibly thousands attacking the man.

    A woman in the home came out to help, and when she came near she was attacked as well. Paramedics got to the scene and rushed her to the hospital where she is in serious, but stable condition.

    A bee expert has come out to take care of the hive.

    Cawthon says he's never seen anything like this before and says they were Africanized bees that are very aggressive and very dangerous.

     
  • jbtsr posted at 1:51 am on Sun, Jun 2, 2013.

    jbtsr Posts: 75

    continued....and walk over to the reporter in the room and hand him the other copy.
    In doing this, you have done all you can do. You have gone above and beyond the call of your civic duty and at minimal cost. If a death of a child, elderly or anyone occur because they were attacked by those bees, your conscience is free and no one can claim they were not aware of the problem and let the law take its course.

     
  • jbtsr posted at 1:02 pm on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    jbtsr Posts: 75

    First, approach the neighbor and address the problem. Have your spouse or a neighbor with you - a witness. Kindly present a solution. Offer to even defray some cost to have them removed. Get your community/neighbors involved since everyone is at risk of being attacked and stung.
    Second, if the above fails, get pictures of the area with bees. When neighbor is not home, throw a rock and hit the side of the home and cause them to swarm the exit. They will be angry so keep your distance. With a good digital camera, zoom-in to where bees are bunched, Take several pics that are of good resolution - not blurry. Video is even better; it can be placed on CD.
    Third, make an effort to call a professional and tell them your dilemma. Send pics and get a quote to remove bees. Call this company:
    Walker Honey Farm Store, 8060 E U.S. Hwy 190, Rogers, TX 76569, (254) 983-2337, walkerhoneyfarm.com
    Fourth, take evidence - all pictures, video on CD, quote to remove bees, statements from concerned neighbors, especially those who have allergies or children with allergies - to the city council meeting and present at public comments. It will be put on public record. Make copies. After presenting material to council, take the other copy and walk over to the reporter in the room and hand him the other copy.
    In doing this, you have done all you can do. You have gone above and beyond the call of your civic duty and at minimal cost. If a death of a child, elderly or anyone occur because they were attacked by those bees, your conscience is free and no one can claim they were not aware of the problem and let the law take its course.

     
  • Dr Strangelove posted at 9:02 am on Sat, Jun 1, 2013.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 514

    Take him to court let a Judge decide.

     

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