Woman stung hundreds of times by swarm of Africanized bees

Lester Mason
July 19, 2018

It's believed the swarm contained 80,000 bees, Fairfax reported.

The woman was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

When emergency services were called, they were told to respond to a bee sting.

"Neither (of the firefighers) were wearing full gear upon arrival, but raced to aid the woman when they arrived", Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

Another first responder told the outlet that the bees were clustered on the woman, and said she "had them on her face, around her mouth, around her ears, her neck and her hair".

The woman works as a housekeeper at a Lake Forest, California, home where the bees attacked, KABC reports.

"He described the tennis ball sized bee-clumps as ".nearly flattened. pancaked... but clumps of bees. all through out her hair. "She was screaming and I was telling her, 'Move from the bees". She had been stung more than 200 times and could barely walk. She wasn't reacting to his words.

Opting not to wait for special suits to protect them from the bees, the firefighters rushed in with a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher they typically use for grease fires, Bommarito said.


"He was spraying this [fire extinguisher], and they were freezing the bees as they were kind of hovering and landing on us", Wilson said.

There were as many as 80,000 bees in all involved in the attack, CBS2's Dave Lopez reported.

An estimated 4.5kg of hives were also removed from the scene by a company that specialises in handling bees. Two of those firefighters, who were stung multiple times, are in stable condition at a hospital.

According to witnesses Maria was in the house with the other three cleaning ladies when she made a decision to come outside to get a mop. Paramedics were called and she was taken to the hospital.

A California cleaning woman was left in clinging to life Monday morning after she was attacked by a large swarm of bees that "covered her from head to toe", and required rescuers to skip protocol during their response.

Africanized honey bees have been seen in the Southern United States since the early 1990s.

"They are very aggressive and they will sting in great numbers", Nancy Troyano, an entomologist with Western Exterminator, told the newspaper. Bruce says, "when you have bees out like foraging through the flowers there's nothing to worry about, but if you're out walking or hiking and a bee bounces into you turn around go the other way and do it in a quick manner'".

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