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Vegas family attacked by bee swarm

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The attack occurred when the family's children opened a sprinkler box located (Courtesy: CCFD) The attack occurred when the family's children opened a sprinkler box located (Courtesy: CCFD)
Firefighters, dressed in protective gear, sprayed the hive inside the sprinkler box and the surrounding area with foam to smother the bees (Courtesy: CCFD) Firefighters, dressed in protective gear, sprayed the hive inside the sprinkler box and the surrounding area with foam to smother the bees (Courtesy: CCFD)
(Courtesy: CCFD) (Courtesy: CCFD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A family was attacked by a swarm of bees near Nellis Air Force Base just before 4 p.m. on Sunday.

According to the Clark County Fire Department, fire crews responded to the bee attack at the intersection of Marion Drive and Alto Avenue.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a mother and six children suffering from multiple bee stings - the youngest being 18 months old. One family member suffered more than one dozen stings. The father was unharmed.

The attack occurred when the family's children opened a sprinkler box located on a commercial property which housed an active beehive, said department officials.

Firefighters, dressed in protective gear, sprayed the hive inside the sprinkler box and the surrounding area with foam to smother the bees.

Property managers were advised to contact an exterminator to finish clearing the bees from the area.

According to Clark County firefighters, all bee attack victims were treated at the scene and did not require transport to a hospital.

Clark County Fire Department officials want to remind the public that warm weather and increased outdoor activity boosts the possibility of people encountering bees in Southern Nevada. Bees tend to be most active from the spring to the fall, when they are colonizing and looking to set up hives, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Beehives are dangerous and should be removed by a professional exterminator using appropriate safety gear and clothing. If a hive is found on private property, it is the responsibility of the property owner to hire a pest control company to exterminate the bees. The Southern Nevada Pest Control Association keeps a list of licensed removal services and can be contacted at 702-385-5853 or via its website at www.nevadapca.org. Bees on public property should be reported to the respective government agency for control.

Bee safety tips include:

• If you accidentally encounter bees, do not disturb them. Do not panic. Remain calm and quietly move away until bees are out of sight. If you are with a pet, keep it under control. Loud noises, including barking dogs, can irritate bees.

• If bees attack, run away in a straight line and take shelter inside a car or building as soon as possible.

• If under attack, use your arms and hands or shirt to shield your face and eyes from stings. (Bees will attack the eyes, nose and mouth.) Do not try to fight the bees. They have the advantage of numbers and gift of flight. Do not scream. Do not swat at bees or wave your arms. The more you flail your arms, the madder the bees will get.

• Do not jump into water or thick brush, which do not provide adequate protection. If you jump into water, bees will attack you when you come up for air.

• After an attack, bees will continue to be agitated by loud or humming noises such as barking dogs, lawnmowers, weed cutting machinery and flashing lights.

• 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. When a bee stings, it leaves a stinger in the skin. This kills the bee so it can't sting again but the venom remains.

• Call 911 immediately if it appears someone is being attacked by bees or is in imminent danger of being attacked.

• If someone is stung by a bee and becomes dizzy, nauseated or has difficulty breathing, an allergic reaction to the sting may be occurring. This is a serious medical emergency and 911 should be called for immediate medical treatment.

• If you are stung more than 10 times, you should seek medical attention as a precaution. Reaction to bee venom takes several hours, which may cause you to feel sick later.

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