New Mexico Firefighters Getting Calls About Bees

Staff Report
The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Firefighters in the southern New Mexico city of Carlsbad are hearing from residents worried about bees.

Assistant Fire Chief Max Wilson says the department receives more than 100 calls a year about concerns over bees.

He says, however, the insects are necessary to the area's agriculture, and says firefighters don't want to kill bees unless they're aggressive.

Wilson says bee swarms often hover under trees to rest and cool down until they move on.

He urges people to give experts a chance to evaluate them.

Africanized bees, which are more aggressive, look like the more docile European honey bee.

In 2000, a Carlsbad-area woman died after being attacked by Africanized bees in her yard.