Bees swarm vacant Bexar County home

Workers get stung as neighbors wait for county to take action

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SAN ANTONIO - Longtime homeowner Frank Christianson said it has been well over three years since he has seen anyone come or go from the house across the street at 9735 Misty Ash Road.

"During that period, there's been a lot of high grass (hiding) a bee hive (and) the structure is about to cave in," Christianson said.

He worries about the structure being secure, but more imminent is the beehive embedded in the side of the Converse house.

"I had contractors out here a week ago Thursday putting a new yard and they were stung. All three of them were stung numerous times by bees," Christianson said.

Warren Mays, the father of a 3-year-old girl that lives next door to the abandoned house, said it isn't uncommon to find them inside his home.

"It concerns me a lot. I've got wild bees living in there. I've found 25 bees flying in my house at various times," Mays said.

During the last four years, several neighbors wrote letters to the county expressing concern about the beehive and the overall condition of the house.

Christianson said he has made a half-dozen calls.

"I keep on getting the runaround. (I've been told) it's in the courts (and) they can't do anything," Christianson said.    

County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said a notice of violation was sent last year to the homeowner for the high weeds and junked cars, but it wasn't until this year that the county issued notices of violation for the bees and the dilapidated structure.

According to Jesse, part of the delay was tracking down the homeowner.

If the problems are not resolved within 30 days, the homeowner will be taken to court.

As for the beehive, in response to a Defenders' inquiry, the county did an inspection and has decided to do an emergency abatement.

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