7 people injured in bee attack in south Austin on Memorial Day

None of the victims required transport to the hospital, officials said

Bees from a hive of beekeeper Gene Brandi in California. Stock photo. (AP Photo/Terry Chea) (Terry Chea, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

AUSTIN, Texas – Seven people were injured in a bee attack on Memorial Day in south Austin.

Officials with Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said the attack occurred around 5 p.m. at Richard Moya Park, located at 10001 Burleson Road, not far from Pilot Knob.

All the victims were evaluated and treated at the scene, officials said. None of the victims required transport to the hospital.

According to Bee Built, bee swarming season typically occurs between spring and early summer, but attacks on humans are incredibly rare.

Swarming is the method honey bees use to reproduce and it’s not uncommon to see them around South Texas.

Honey bee populations have seen dramatic declines in population over the last several years due, in part, to things like Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which makes protecting them extremely important.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describes CCD as a “phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen.”

“An array of pests, diseases, and environmental stresses have also caused significant losses for beekeepers; therefore, bee swarms should be protected rather than destroyed,” according to Home & Garden Information Center.

If you see a swarm, you can call a local beekeeper to come and take a look but most likely the swarm will move on in a few hours. However, the swarm will sometimes stay in one spot for up to 24 hours.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.