Bee colony safely removed after swarming Round Rock family’s dog

Williamson County

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock family paid for experts to remove a colony of bees from their neighbors’ house Friday after the bees swarmed their dog. 

Bob Wilbur said he came home from work Thursday and noticed his three dogs outside acting funny. When he looked closer, he saw bees surrounding them. 

“We kind of scrambled to get the dogs inside,” Wilbur said. “And there were just hundreds of bees all over them.” 

He and his fiancee rushed their black-and-white pitbull mix, Archie, to an emergency veterinarian because he was stung the worst.

Fortunately, Archie survived and is now recuperating at home. 

Wilbur called Walter Schumacher with the American Honey Bee Protection Agency to come and safely remove the bees, which somehow formed a hive for the second year in a row beneath the siding at his neighbor Margine Montoya’s house. 

“We want the bees to go to a better home where they are welcome, and they can be very useful,” Montoya said. 

Schumacher and his assistant spent several hours Friday removing the bees and their growing network of honeycombs inside the walls of Montoya’s home.

“We have to physically remove them from the wall, the floor, the tree, and then take them to one of our apiaries and do some rehabbing,” Schumacher said. “They do some recuperation, and then they can come back into the community. He added:

“We get the bees from where they are and help them back to be a whole, healthy hive and then we take them places so that they can make honey and pollinate.” 

It’s unclear where the bees removed Friday will eventually end up, but surprisingly Wilbur is glad that they’ll be spared. 

“I am definitely pro-bee even though all the problems I’ve had,” Wilbur said. “I’m allergic to bees, and I’ve always had a struggle with bees my whole life, but I still love them for what they do for us. They’re the key to our survival.” 

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