Apr 7, 2013 12:07 AM by Sam Salzwedel
TUCSON - Africanized bees killed 4 dogs on the East Side Thursday.
It happened at Sandy Moore's house near 22nd Street and Harrison Road.
"It's like you're missing a part of your family," she said. "We have their beds where they sleep at in the house, and you walk past, and it's like losing part of your family."
The bees killed the three dogs at their house and a neighbor's dog. They think the attack started when a neighbor used loud landscaping equipment.
Joe Jackson with Barrier Pest Management is removing the colony. He killed them with a pesticide vapor and has to take out the hive. It is one of the worst he has never seen.
"I was suited up with a bee suit and they just all of the sudden attacked my whole arm," Jackson said. "They were all over my arm and all over the side of my face, so they were pretty aggressive."
With veterinarian, exterminator and construction bills, it has been a costly week for the Moores.
"A pretty penny," Moore said. "It's been a nightmare."
Firefighters will respond to emergency bee calls. They can spray foam to stop an attack, but homeowners have to get rid of colonies on their property.
"Definitely, try not to attack it yourself," Jackson said. "Get a professional to come out. That bee suit will save you, that's for sure."