Austin-area worker stung 100 times by swarm of bees

Worker, 3 others stung at Pfugerville warehouse

Published On: Aug 09 2012 04:20:47 AM CDT
AUSTIN, Texas -

An Austin-area worker was hospitalized after he was stung more than 100 times by a swarm of bees.

About 125,000 Africanized bees living inside a Pflugerville warehouse attacked the man and three other people Wednesday morning.

Officials said the bees were located in a 120-pound honeycomb inside a wooden filing cabinet. They had been there for over a year.

Bee service officials removed the queen bee and said the other bees should die within days with no queen or food source. However, they are not sure what provoked the attack.

"When a queen emits a pheromone that she's nervous, things are going on outside that she doesn't like. She emits a pheromone thousands and thousands of bees fly out of the hive to go find out what's going on," said Keith Huddle with Keith’s Bee Service. 

The worker hospitalized suffered an allergic reaction, and was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The other three people were treated at the scene.