TATUM, N.M. (KRQE) – A swarm of killer bees attacked and killed a dog in southeastern New Mexico. Now, beekeepers are worried it may happen again.
“It can happen here, Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad. They’re here,” said Sam McCallum of Bruce’s Pest Control.
McCallum said last week he and a fellow bee keeper got a frantic call from a rancher near Tatum saying a massive swarm of bees was attacking his dogs. He said the bees were so aggressive they stung one of the dogs more than 40-times, killing it.
“Unless you can get into a vehicle or a house you’re vulnerable and they’re going to get you,” said McCallum. McCallum has specialized in bee control for 10-years. He says this particular swarm was one of the worst he’s ever seen.
He thinks all of the rain may be the reason the bees are so active right now and he says there’s a good chance they’ll attack again. “Somewhere it’s going to happen,” said McCallum.
McCalllum and another beekeeper had to kill the bees that attacked the dog. They said most swarms happen when people or pets accidentally bump into a hive or get too close to a group of bees.