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Questions remain over killer bees

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The bees were living in the attic of this home. The bees were living in the attic of this home.
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

The massive swarm of bees that attacked two pit bulls in south St. Pete is gone.

But what everyone wants to know now, is where did they go? And were actually African "killer" bees?

Epidemiologist and state certified bee removal specialist Jon Simkins came to the house Friday.

He hasn't been able to determine if the bees were Africanized or not.

But he says whether they are or not, there's a bigger problem: new bees are going to come to the scene because there are still parts of the hive left in the attic.

"Depending on the weather, there should be feral bees floating all over here by Tuesday. Wild bees coming from other colonies just to rob this out."

And that's not all.

"You're going to have this all up in there rotting and decaying. Not to mention secondary pests. Rodents are going to be attracted to this," he said.

It wasn't clear what the steps authorities were taking.

FOX 13's Deborah Bowden will have more at 6.

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LINK: Info on African honey bees from Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

 

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