Arizona

Aug 2, 2013 4:40 PM by Associated Press

3 bee attacks in past 2 weeks reported in Peoria

PHOENIX (AP) - Firefighters in Peoria say there have been three bee attacks in the past two weeks.

At least one of the attacks involved Africanized bees and two left the victims with multiple stings and discomfort but no serious injuries.

The Arizona Republic says in the third attack, an elderly man allergic to bees was attacked but is recovering.

Peoria Fire officials say in the wake of the bee attacks, the department is encouraging residents to stay alert and take precautions.

They say swarming bees pose more of a threat in the warmer weather starting in April and lasting through the summer.

Africanized bees live in colonies that can grow to include up to 60,000 bees.

They're known to aggressively defend their hives and pursue their targets up to a quarter-mile.

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