House exterminated after bee attack kills dog
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida homeowner exterminated his house after a killer infestation took the life of his dog.
Tens of thousands of stinging insects made the walls of the Delgaizos' home their own Friday. "We had a fairly large hive, a hive that would've been probably five years or older, and it contained close to, or maybe, more than a 100,000 bees," said Native Wildlife and Pest Removal specialist Gary Redhawk.
Police and fire rescue rushed to the home at 640 E. Acre Drive in Plantation to attempt to save Baby Doll, a 2-year-old American Foxhound who was swarmed by bees, but by the time they arrived, they were unable to save the canine. "My wife had ran into the hive to try to save the dog, and she got stung about 20 times," said homeowner Ted Delgaizo.
"They're not bad creatures. They're just doing what nature programmed them to do," added Redhawk.
A video from Plantation Fire Rescue shows firefighters spraying the bee hive and dog with foam. Baby Doll was rushed to a vet, but the stings were just too much.
After the story aired on 7News, Native Wildlife and Pest Removal offered to help. "I'm just kind of overwhelmed, but I'm grateful," said Delgaizo.
Crews killed the bees with a chemical treatment and removed the comb. "Go into the back of the structure, which is the inside of the house, pull the drywall down and remove the comb, and scrape away and treat," said Redhawk.
Delgaizo said he is thankful for the group's work and for Plantation Police Officer Chris Martin, who was the first on the scene Friday. Martin was stung about 50 times when he rescued Delgaizo's wife and dog. "He met me at the animal hospital to see how the dog was doing, and I could see him starting to welt up, and that shows you he is not a good cop; that's a good man," said Delgaizo.
Most of all, he is grateful for Baby Doll. "If the dog hadn't stumbled into this hidden hive and gotten killed, and the dog weighs 70 pounds, it could have easily have been one of my children," said Delgaizo.
He said he paid a company to remove a hive about three years ago, and they had just started noticing new bee activity. They were making plans to spray again for bees before their dog was attacked.
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