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Feb 13, 2018

Family Waits Impatiently for Removal of Killer Bees

A Belize City family is enduring another sleepless night after a horrific episode this past weekend. Their three female watchdogs were mauled and stung to death when set upon by Africanized bees who came seemingly out of nowhere from behind their residence on Mex Avenue. And the dogs were not the only casualty as at least three family members were also stung. They hope to endure long enough that authorities will come to their aid, as News Five’s Aaron Humes reports.


Aaron Humes, Reporting

The Ministry of Agriculture has told Mary Sanchez they plan to visit her Mex Avenue home on Wednesday to get rid of this swarm of killer bees or Africanized bees taking up residence in her backyard. She doesn’t know where they came from, but she can’t wait to see the back of them.


Voice of: Mary Sanchez, Resident

“Ministry of Agriculture, yes; they said till tomorrow because the guys are in the field.”


Aaron Humes

“So it seems that at the latest you have another night to spend, hearing that buzzing and hoping they don’t come in and stir up…”


Voice of: Mary Sanchez, Resident

“Yes, to terrorize my family. Honestly I tell you, we are trying to… sometimes you think things in the head, but these bees are flying right now. These bees don’t know, they don’t talk, they come and attack you, they kill you. It’s very dangerous, so it scares me a lot because I have this little boy, special needs, he can’t help himself; what am I going to do if these bees come in the house?”


It’s already too late for the family’s three watch dogs, all female, who were viciously stung to death when the bees swarmed out in response to Sanchez’s husband attempting to trim the back of the yard. His daughter Marisela Choc explained what happened to the canines.


Marisela Choc

Marisela Choc, Resident

“He gone back deh weh di old coconut deh and the animals started coming out –ih gone chop back deh and the animals started to move and come out.”


Aaron Humes

“Did he get hurt?”


Marisela Choc

“Yes, his hand look swelled. His ears, his head, they bit him in the head; and after that… I neva know dah bees mi di hurt up the animal because I could have helped them if I knew, but when I came out it was too late, because the animals were already dead.”


The family has been living at the residence on Mex Avenue for six months but had not paid much attention to the bushy area at the back of the lot until the loss of their dogs. Neither Police nor the City Council say they can intervene, so it will be left up to the Ministry of Agriculture which manages the bee population and their production of honey. Marisela echoes Mary’s sentiments about this nuisance.


Marisela Choc

“The police say they can’t help we; the other one was laughing in the mobile but there is  nothing funny that they can see because they were already damaging the animal.”


Aaron Humes

“And I think you also said you called City Council? What did they say?”


Marisela Choc

“They said, like I told you, till Friday. But by that time Friday everybody will be dead on Friday.”


Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

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