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Texas landscaper, 53, is killed by swam of BEES after accidentally disturbing their hive

53-Year-Old Texas Landscaper Killed By BEES After Disturbing His Hive While Working On A Tree: He Was Caught Hanging Under The Tree In His Safety Harness When Stung

  • Franco Galván Martínez, 53, was suspended from a harness when he was attacked
  • His panic was so great that Galván Martínez kicked his ladder
  • Galván Martínez is survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren.
  • According to the CDC, an average of 62 people die each year from bee, wasp, and hornet stings.

A Texas landscape lighting technician and his grandfather were killed after a swarm of bees attacked him on Thursday.

Franco Galván Martínez, 53, was suspended from a harness while working on a tree in a backyard in Austin when the horror unfolded.

His friend and pastor, Joe Maldonado, said KXAN that in his panic after being stung, Galván Martínez kicked the ladder he was using to climb the tree. Galván Martínez remained suspended in the harness while the bees attacked.

Maldonado said that there were so many bees that they covered the body of Galván Martínez. The entire attack lasted ten minutes.

Franco Galván Martínez was killed after being attacked by a swarm of bees on Thursday.

Franco Galván Martínez was killed after being attacked by a swarm of bees on Thursday.

Neighbors said they knew about the bee hive, but it hasn't caused any problems in the past.

Neighbors said they knew about the bee hive, but it hasn’t caused any problems in the past.

Firefighters were called to the scene where they poured water on the bees.

Firefighters were called to the scene where they poured water on the bees.

A witness told the station that two men who worked with Galván Martínez tried to rescue him but were attacked by bees.

Most wild bee hives in Texas are probably a hybrid between the more docile European bee and the more aggressive Africanized bee.

According to the KXAN report, firefighters used a hose to scare away the bees. A neighbor said local residents were aware of the hive but no action had been taken.

The Austin City Government does not provide services that remove bee hives from private property.

Galván Martínez is survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren.  His wife wrote on Facebook that her husband is now in a 'better place'

Galván Martínez is survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren. His wife wrote on Facebook that her husband is now in a ‘better place’

Galván Martínez worked for a company called Bill Biggadike & Associates, a landscape lighting company.

Galván Martínez worked for a company called Bill Biggadike & Associates, a landscape lighting company.

Experts advise against trying to swat the bees if they are attacked, try to get in as soon as possible.

Experts advise against trying to swat the bees if they are attacked, try to get in as soon as possible.

Galván Martínez is survived by his wife, two children and his grandchildren. He was a resident of Seguin, Texas, an hour south of Austin. Maldonado described Martínez as a “very cheerful man.”

In a heartbreaking tribute, Galván Martínez’s wife wrote on Facebook: ‘I already miss you so much my beloved husband Franco Galván Martínez, you will always be in my heart. I know you are in a better place in heaven.

Galván Martínez worked for a company called Bill Biggadike & Associates, a landscape lighting company.

According to the CDC, there are an average of 62 deaths in the US each year from bee, wasp, and hornet stings. The agency notes that 80 percent of victims are men.

In July 2021, an elderly man from Texas died when he was stung 300 times while gardening in San Antonio.

Entomologist Dr. Justin O. Schmidt said ABC News in 2018 that the worst thing you can do when attacked by bees is wave your arms.

Schmidt said, “When you see a bee buzzing near your head, I know it’s very satisfying to wave your arms around.” It feels so good to hit him, don’t do it! Bad news! It will make everything worse. The bees feel threatened and their natural response is to stand up together and defend their queen.’

Also, dead bees emit a scent that invites other bees to join the attack.

AN Banner Health Guide advises those who are attacked by a swarm of bees to try to get indoors or into a car, as the bees are unlikely to follow them. The guideline notes that many fire departments have a solution that causes bees to scatter.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension says in its website The average healthy adult should be able to withstand hundreds of bee stings, but it is nonetheless recommended that you remove bee venom as soon as possible.

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