Florida man hospitalized after bee attack


LEE COUNTY, Fla. (WBBH) - A swarm of deadly bees attacked a man in Florida Monday and sent him to the hospital.

The bees lived in an unmaintained underground transformer box owned by Lee County Electric Cooperative and was located in a field behind an apartment complex in Cape Coral.

Exterminators from Tony's Pest Control were hired to handle the mess and said the swarm was made up of Africanized bees, which are rare in Cape Coral.

Cassandra Royal was in her garage when she saw a man being attacked. She and fire officials said two men were attacked, both landscaping workers. One was treated and released at the scene; the other man went to the hospital.

"There was hundreds of bees around his head going all over, and he was trying to run back and forth through our yard trying to get them away and swatting himself and everything," Royal said.

"Normal bees you can get close to them and unless you actually disturb the hive, they don't typically do too much. However, in this case just the simple fact of a lawnmower or lawn equipment being near the scene, the vibrations stirred them up enough that they got very aggressive and attacked the two patients," said Cape Coral Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Haines.

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