Ceres Bee Colony Attacks Beekeeper, Neighbor, Two Dogs

Fox 40     April 3, 2017

CERES -- A driveway covered with more than a dozen dead bees, a reminder of the night 45 Ceres families had on Sunday.

“They’re bizarre, they’re flying around in motion so you don’t see that around this area,” neighbor Edgar Lopez said.

Sunday night on River Valley Circle, the issue turned deadly. Ceres Fire investigators said a swarm of bees went after their owner.

“For an unknown reason, unknown to him or to us, when he attempted to harvest the honey the bees became very aggressive,” said Battalion Chief Rich Scola with the Ceres Fire Department.

Also caught in the attack, a neighbor and his two pit bulls and a firefighter. All the men are OK but the bee stings killed one of the dogs.

Chief Scola said the bee owner was trying to harvest honey when the swarm grew angry. He said that beekeeping is only allowed in the city with a special permit.

“It’s a weird situation you normally don’t hear stuff around… stuff like that around this area,” Lopez said.

Families were warned to stay indoors because of the danger.

Jon Campidonica said one of those angry bees flew toward his neck while he was in his backyard.

“Basically, I kind of killed it. But I could already tell the stinger was out,” Campidonica said.

A bee specialist was called and he took care of the thousands of bees within five hours. They were euthanized in a rural area.

“To make sure that if there was any aggressive nature within that colony that they were destroyed and they were not able to repopulate somewhere else,” Scola said.

Scola added the other dog was rushed to a pet hospital in Modesto. They are not aware of the animal’s latest condition.

He also stressed that if you see a bee hive, do not destroy it, spray water on it, or touch it. Please call a professional beekeeper.

The Ceres Police Department said they will not seek charges against the beekeeper.


Man Attacked by Bees and Stung over 1,000 Times Brought Back to Life by His Pacemaker

DailyMail.com Reporter   June 6, 2016

A man who was attacked by a massive swcarm of bees in Arizona and stung over 1,000 times believes that his life was saved by his pacemaker.

Albert Katanov, 47, said that he was house hunting with his son in Phoenix on May 26 when he was suddenly overcome by bees.

Firefighters that were called to the scene said they found seven hives attached to the home.

Katanov was stung more than 1,000 times, suffered an allergic reaction and lost consciousness, WGN TV reported.

Lucky to be alive: Albert Katanov, 47, said that he was house hunting with his son in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 26 when he was suddenly overcome by bees

Ouch: Doctors said Katanov was stung over 1,000 times, however his pacemaker shocked his heart and brought him back to life Before collapsing, Katanov made it to a house across the street looking for help, screaming out that he was not breathing.

He was rushed to hospital and was lucky to survive the attack.

Katanov suffererd a cardiac arrest in November and was fitted with a pacemaker, and doctors believe it was the pacemaker that saved him.

They checked the device and worked out it had shocked Katanov seven times. 

'When I got to the hospital, they said his pacemaker kind of saved him. Because his body went into shock,' his son, Rubin Katanov, told WGN.

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Angry Bees Are Easily Distracted By Food, Study Finds

The Washington Post    By Rachael Feltman   December 23, 2015

You know those Snickers commercials about how easy it is to get angry when you're in need of a snack? 

Well, scientists haven't exactly shown that honey bees get "hangry," but the word certainly comes to mind when reading a new study on bee aggression. In the study, published Tuesday in Nature Communications, researchers led by Martin Giurfa at the University of Toulouse and Judith Reinhard of the University of Queensland found that honey bees put on the war path were quite easily put off it by the scent of food.

When a guard bee senses a predator using visual cues like color and movement, it sends out pheromones -- chemicals that illicit an unconscious, automatic physical response in other members of the same species -- to put soldier bees inside the nest on high alert. This puts the bees into kamikaze mode, since any stinging attack leaves the species Apis mellifera sans several internal organs. At least 40 chemical compounds have been found in the pheromone cocktail that calls honey bees to war, but the main component, isoamyl acetate, is enough on its own to make a soldier bee ready to die for the cause.

Previous research has shown that bees and other insects can sometimes get confused by exposure to more than one kind of pheromone. But researchers wanted to see whether the scent chemicals produced by flowers might have any effect.

First, they had to make some honey bees angry, which they did by placing them in an "arena" with an annoying moving target:

Two bees are placed into a container with a moving target and are unaffected by the movement until one of the bees strikes. (Morgan Nouvian (CRCA – QBI)

Two bees are placed into a container with a moving target and an alarm pheromone. The reaction to the sting alarm pheromone can be extremely fast, as evidenced by this pair of bees attacking the moving dummy within seconds of their introduction inside the test arena. (Morgan Nouvian (CRCA – QBI))

But when flowery scents like lavender were added, the bees chilled out. It wasn't simply a question of masking one scent with another -- some food-related scents, like citrus, had no effect -- but the compounds linalool and 2-phenylethanol, along with the scent of lavender (a mix of linalool and other chemicals) seemed to block the aggressive response to the alarm hormone.

Since stinging is such a nasty business, it's not surprising that bees might be hardwired to avoid it in favor of accessing available food for the hive. But the bees didn't have to rely on memories of previously foraged snacks in order to decide what food trumped fighting. Even newly emerged bees, who had never foraged and therefore had no experiential preference for particular flowery smells, were calmed by the lavender-related scents.

The researchers told Live Science that any calming effect of lavender on bees is probably unrelated to the anecdotal calming effect it has on humans. Lavender might be a pleasant, calming scent for a human bubble bath, but for a bee it's like the scent of a juicy burger (if that burger sent out chemical signals that literally drew your body toward it).

But that doesn't mean that humans can't benefit from the study.

"We certainly see great potential for applications to beekeeping," first author Morgane Nouvian, a graduate student at both the University of Queensland and the University of Toulouse, told Live Science. "Developing a product based on our results — for example a scented hand spray [or] cream, or an odor-releasing device to place at the hive entrance — could certainly help reduce the number of bees stinging while [beekeepers are] handling the hives. This method would be a great alternative to the current use of smoke and repellents, because we would be tricking the bees with something that they actually 'like,' and it would thus likely be less stressful for them."

Since constant exposure to venom actually makes beekeepers more likely to become allergic to it than the general population, a product like that would be pretty sweet.

Read at: https://goo.gl/rXQ738

84-Year Old Oro Valley Man Stung 2,000 By Bees

AZCentral/ARIZONA    By Jerod MacDonald-Envoy   June 5, 2015

An 84-year-old Oro Valley man was hospitalized after he was stung more than 2,000 times by bees Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Firefighters with the Golder Ranch Fire District arrived to find the man unresponsive and face down on the street after police officers rescued him from his backyard, according to Battalion Chief William Seeley, a spokesman for the Golder Ranch Fire District.

The man was transported to a local hospital where more than 2,000 stingers were removed from his body, including 470 from his arms and head alone, according to Seeley.

The hospital contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said the man had received two to three times the amount of venom needed to kill him, Seeley said.

Thursday morning 50,000 "extremely aggressive" bees were removed from a shed in the man's backyard, Seeley said.

First responders, as well as the man's neighbor, were stung during the incident as well, according to Seeley.

Seeley did not know the man's current medical status.

Read at and slide-show "How to stay safe around bees"... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2015/06/05/84-year-old-man-stung-over-2000-times--bees/28555575/