Bee Attack in Nightclub Parking Lot Sends 2 to Hospital

Published April 17, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch.

A swarm of bees sent two people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after being stung in parking lot of Lydia’s Cafe and Nightclub, a San Diego Fire-Rescue dispatcher said.

The two injured people who were not identified were transported to Scripps Chula Vista. A Fire-Rescue medic was also stung.

Luc Gomez said bees have been a problem where the attack occurred Tuesday since she moved into the Bayside Palms Mobile Home Village with her family and one-year-old son more than a year ago. She believes there is a hive nearby.

“I can’t even get out of my car right now cause they’re right there,” said Gomez. Though the incident occurred in San Diego, she was in the IB City Hall parking lot an hour after to seek the help of Animal Control Officer Arturo Cuevas.

After repeated attempts to contact the owners of the nightclub, she said she and her boyfriend called the San Diego Police Department Saturday about the issue “because she didn’t know where else to turn.” They were told that nothing could be done unless it was an emergency.

Lydia’s Cafe and Nightclub could not be reached for comment.

Cuevas said there has not been an increase in bee attacks or reports from residents in the past months in IB. Typically, he said, you will only really see a swarm of bees if they are migrating to find a place to make a hive.

“If they’re on something external they’re in transit, but if they’re inside a brick or hollow tree, they probably have a hive,” he said. “Bees won’t really do anything to you unless you bother them.”

According to a school secretary, part of Mar Vista High School was shut down due to a swarm of bees last month. A swarm was also spotted Monday near 12th Street and Palm Avenue.

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