On Wednesday, shortly before noon Marcos Lopez was mowing his lawn at his home on Floresta Drive in the Southern Florida community of Port St. Lucie when a swarm of bees attacked Lopez and killed his 30-pound dog.
According to WPEC CBS 12, the two year old poodle mix was stung numerous times. Lopez told the news his dog named Honey probably saved him because the bees seemed to swarm more to the dog.
Lopez ran for his home, but sadly Honey must have had an allergic reaction to the bee stings.
The bees are no strangers to the Lopez family; they have been living in the vacant lot next to their home, however the bees have always kept to themselves; that is until yesterday. The bees are scheduled to be removed.
What should one do if attacked by bees? The general consensus of opinion is to run away as quickly as possible and find shelter where you can shut the door. Standing around swatting at the bees will just give them more time to call out reinforcements. If you are far away from a secure shelter, run through shrubs and bushes to distract the bees, but keep running. And be reminded that pools and shelters will not stop a bee attack. They will stay around as you come up for air and continue to sting.
Once you have escaped, pull stingers out very carefully and seek medical attention. Some people and animals can have very serious allergic reactions to bee stings.
If there are any nests near your home, be very careful. Don't hesitate to call in a licensed beekeeper or pest control expert. Sadly Honey lost her life, but let's hope her tragedy will save others.
Rest in peace sweet Honey, and thanks for being so brave.
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