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Experts: More bees could be in neighborhood after attack

07:51 AM CDT on Tuesday, May 20, 2008
By AMY JOHNSTON

The tranquil Crestview neighborhood was punctured by chaos Saturday morning.

“I really didn't know what was going on. I came out about 11:00 and I saw the cars, the fire truck and the ambulance,” said Frances Daugherty, neighbor.

Her neighbor, Raymond Moxley, 81, had been out mowing his lawn when he was attacked by a swarm of bees. It's unclear as to what type of bee was involved in the attack.

Africanized honey bees are common to Central Texas. There was nothing paramedics could do. The official cause of death has yet to be determined, but the bees are getting a lot of attention in this neighborhood.

“I have a niece who stays with me all the time, she plays in the backyard we're about to buy a swing set, so yeah, I'm a little concerned that something might be out there,” said Christine O’Connor, neighbor.

Keith Huddle runs a professional bee removal service.

“We're actually seeing more attacks. Last year there were more than the year before,” said Huddle.

And Huddle says there are probably several more hives in this neighborhood.

“The fact that that hive was aggressive -- means the hives around them are pretty aggressive -- and that is not the only hive within the square mile,” he says.

Huddle says bees often make their nests in large, old oak trees. They can also live under trailers and between the floors of multi-storied buildings.

The fact that there may be many more bees here has already crossed the minds of many people in this neighborhood.

“But now, everyone in this neighborhood is definitely on the lurk. I just saw one pass and panicked,” said Daugherty.

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