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Swarms of Bees Causing Problems for City's Vector Control

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

There have been many reports of bee sightings in Corpus Christi as of late, including a large hive of bees in a home near King High School that has residents concerned.

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from the 500 block of Pennington Drive, at the site of the massive bee hive.

Thursday's reports of the hive near King School were not isolated. There was another bee attack earlier Thursday morning, which sent a couple to the hospital. It was the second day in a row that people have been stung by a swarm of bees.

Thursday mornings incident took place on the 4800 block of Broughton, and resulted in husband and wife, Patrick and Tina Lacour, were both transported to the hospital after suffering numerous stings. Even a firefighter that responded to the scene was stung.

The insects had made a hive inside of a dog house in the couple's backyard. Police, the City's Vector Control and two firemen showed up to deal with the swarm. Unfortunately, one of the firefighters had a bee or two get underneath his protective headgear. Needless to say, it was a dangerous ordeal for everyone at the scene.

"I don't know, just happens I guess," said Fermin Chapa of the Corpus Christi Fire Department. "That's it, really. You do what you can do to protect yourself. Stuff happens."

"We saw some residents swatting a bunch of bees off of them and when we went up to the gentleman, he had at least 40-60 bee stings all over his body, so that was our initial concern," CCFD Captain Javier Jasso said. "We pulled him off to the side and started removing the stingers, and the ambulance came and they began to treat him. Then, his wife had been stung and we got another ambulance to come out and treat her as well. She didn't seem to be doing as bad off as he was."

Vector Control brought out the hive of the offending bees. Dozens of the stinging insects were still flying around after the incident.

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