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Bees attack in San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO - Bartolo Carreon's plans to fix up his home did not go well with a big group of his neighbors. The problem was not with the neighbors who live on his street, but with the ones who live in his tree.

Carreon, 43, was trimming a tree in his backyard Monday afternoon, when he disturbed a bee hive. The bees responded with overwhelming force, repeatedly stinging him and his two dogs.

"It was bad, let me tell you," Carreon said at his home on 16th Street, which he has been renovating since he moved in a few months ago.

The bees stung him seven times around his head, face and arms, then chased and repeatedly stung two of his dogs, Cuco, a German Shepherd, and Nala, a Labrador.

This was not the first serious bee attack in the county this year. In May, Africanized bees killed three mastiffs in Hesperia. While it's not clear whether Monday's bees were Africanized honey bees, known as killer bees, the vast majority of bees in the county are. County vector control officials went to Carreon's house Monday afternoon to neutralize the hive. Carreon's dogs seemed fine and he was planning to take them to the veterinarian as a precaution.

The bees chased Nala around the backyard and sent Cuco running down the street to get away."They followed me far away from the house," Carreon said of the bees.Carreon's wife, Mary Carreon, was able to get Nala in the front door, and firefighters showed up to help.

If bees attack, Joe Krygier, the county's vector control supervisor, recommends running in a straight line and getting behind a closed door. He does not recommend hiding in a body of water because the bees will wait and attack when the person comes up for air. It's also not a good idea to do what Carreon did, which was use a hose to try getting rid of the bees.

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