Encinitas Bee Attack Kills Man
A 55-year-old man died from a bee attack on Wednesday while clearing brush at a rural property in Encinitas. The man was stung more than 500 times after his backhoe used to clear the brush struck the nest that was buried under some brush in the area. The nest was considered to have about 60,000 to 80,000 of Africanized honey bees living in the hive. Africanized honeybees are also known as killer bees and are very aggressive when disturbed or provoked.
The man’s 20-year-old nephew rents a house on the property and was present when the bees began to swarm his uncle. The nephew was also stung but only a couple times and did not need to be hospitalized.
Encinitas Fire Chief, Scott Henry, stated that the uncle noticed the large swarm of bees after being stung a few times. That is when the victim stopped his tractor and got off to run to shelter. The bees followed the man 200 yards to an outhouse that he used for shelter from the attack. Firefighters found the man in the outhouse in full cardiac arrest and still had some bees crawling out of his clothing. It was reported that the bee attack victim was allergic to the venom and was stung all over his head, arms, and torso.
The swarm of bees had settled by the time firefighters had arrived on the scene. The man was immediately given CPR and transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Members of the local fire departments notified neighbors and nearby businesses that bees were in the neighborhood and stressed to inspect common places bees tend to build their nests.