LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A man attacked by bees in Las Cruces last July was stung possibly hundreds of times by Africanized bees, according to information from Dona Ana County officials.
After the attack where a 52-year-old man was cutting down a tree at the Alameda House, bees were sent for DNA testing.
The results showed the bees were Africanized and tend to be more aggressive than a regular honey bee.
Both species are common in the area.
The man had been working with a crew cutting down a large cottonwood tree when he disturbed a hive that was hidden in a hollow part of the tree that was not seen when crews inspected it before cutting.
The 52-year-old man was scaling the top of the tree harnessed in a belay line when the bees started swarming.
The other members of the crew helped lower him to the ground, while at the same time being stung multiple times themselves.
Firefighters had to use foam and water to help mitigate the bees that were covering the man who was found lying on a driveway when firefighters arrived.
The man was taken to the hospital in serious condition but did recover.
Two other employees of the tree-removal business were also stung by bees, but did not have injuries as serious as the 52-year-old.
The county advises to run away from bees as fast as possible and seek shelter if attacked by bees.