A senior couple in Flour Bluff has a problem with bees nesting near their home, and being on a fixed income, they are not sure who to turn to for help.
The seniors' main concern is that they live near the schools in Flour Bluff, and kids who travel up and down the neighborhood could be attacked.
"We cannot do anything about it until somebody has been stung at least 500 times," said Anthony Brooks, whose home in the 2200 block of Baffin Bay Drive has been invaded by bees.
That's what they were told by firefighters when the bees were first discovered last week. Within the next few days, the bees made themselves a new home, making their way into the walls through a small opening, and through a faucet in the couple's back porch.
The couple tried everything to get rid of the bees, but nothing worked. So they called 3News for help.
We contacted the City's Vector Control, and when they arrived at the home, they discovered that they can't exterminate bees if they are on private property -- specifically inside a structure.
"You spray the ones on the outside, you get the other ones mad because they send a signal to the other bees. We'll get attacked. So they'll come out and start attacking whoever is doing the bees," said Tony Pantoja of Vector Control. "As we tell people, we don't touch anything like that. We can do it, but we don't want to do it."
"We tried on our own to get rid of them. My wife has. Myself. We've tried all sorts of different pesticides and things like that, and we just can't do anything about it," Brooks said. "They just seem to be swarming up and swarming up."
"I don't have the money to pay them, and that's why I'm asking for help. If anybody can help, even if just to spray it," Linda Brooks said. "But nobody has come by to help us."
With no money to hire a private pest control company, and the City unable to do it due to liability issues, the family is hoping someone might offer their services; but until that happens, the hives will continue to grow.
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