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More aggressive bees are here to stay

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Posted at 6:42 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 04:10:21-05

A bee expert along the Treasure Coast says an invasive, non-native strain of bees have now transformed the local bee population.

“Africanized bees came her maybe 15-20 years ago then they started interbreeding with our European colonies here,” says Ron Sharpton from Alpine Farms Bee Removal.

“The traits make them a little more aggressive so instead of having one come after you, now you’ve got ten,” Sharpton says.

On Friday, a 79-year-old woman walking her dog in Port St Lucie was stung about 20 times according to police.

A social media posting by Port St Lucie police says the woman and her dog are now doing OK.

It’s not known why or what kind of bees attacked the woman, but Ron Sharpton says at this point, the new strain of bees are just about all over Florida and people need to be cautious when they come across a large number of bees.