Las Vegas, NV — On Tuesday afternoon, a swarm of bees attacked a group of kids and a couple of adults on the east side behind The Boulevard Mall.
Shanda Gomez said she was walking her three kids home from Ruby Thomas Elementary School when the swarm came in.
“There were about 50 kids, including parents, running down the street just screaming. They were running hysterically. There were more than a thousand bees. It was horrible,” she told Action News.
It happened around 3:30 p.m. near the corner of Ottawa and Algonquin. Firefighters said 6 people were stung. They believe the bees had come out of some boxes being stored at a nearby home.
10-year-old David Gomez said he was stung all around his head, “They were like everywhere, attacking everybody.”
Action News arrived after the scene was cleared by firefighters, but even then there were bees buzzing overhead, forcing our crew to move the interviews into the news truck.
This week, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue issued a news release reporting they’d received calls over the weekend from concerned citizens about swarms of bees in the city. The fire department says March and April typically mark the beginning of the swarming season for bees.
The following bee encounter tips have been provided by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue:
- You should run from the bees as quickly as you can. Bees are slow flyers and cannot keep up. Try to cover your face with either your hands or a shirt while running (bees will attack the eyes-nose-mouth).
- Seek shelter in a building or vehicle. Do not jump into a pool or lake, the bees will attack when you come up for air.
- The bees will continue to be agitated after the attack by loud or humming noises such as barking dogs, lawnmowers, weed eaters, flashing lights, etc. Try to keep the area as quiet and calm as possible.
- If it appears that a person is being attacked or other people are in imminent danger because of the attack, you should call 911 immediately.
- If someone is stung by a bee and becomes dizzy, nauseated or has difficulty breathing, an allergic reaction to the sting might be occurring. This is a serious medical emergency and 911 should be called immediately.
- If you are stung, remove the stinger by scraping it out and washing the area with soap and water and applying a cold pack to the sting site.
- If you are stung more than 10 times, you should go a quick care center or contact your personal physician and be checked out. Reaction to bee venom takes several hours, which may cause you to feel sick later. People with an allergic reaction should call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.