Bee infestation concerns residents

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Wichita, Kan. -- Marvin and Carolyn Andrews say there are some mornings when the ground outside their apartment appears to be moving.

What it is, they say, are swarms of bees getting water when the sprinklers are on.

The Andrews have lived at the East Hampton Estates for ten years. They like the apartments, they say, accept for some visitors that moved in nearby last summer. Bees.

"They're really more than a nuisance," says Carolyn. That, she says because their five year old foster daughter, Grace, has several allergies. "And one of those allergies is to bee stings," she says.

"There are times we'll be sitting in our living room and it will just get dark, like a cloud went over. And you look out and it's just bees."

Two apiaries have investigated. Bill Vinduska, now based in Marion, says the bees have a hive behind the brick façade of the apartment building. Brent Hopper, another apiary, who'll be removing the bees, says the brick façade will have to be removed to get to the bees and safely relocate them.

The Andrews just want them gone. Carolyn says she has to have an "Epi-Pen," which contain epinephrine, always ready in case Grace is stung by a bee.

"It would be deadly for Grace," she says.

Pointing to the Epi-Pen injector she says, "If she were up at the other end on her bicycle and I was here on the patio, she could die before I could get to her with this."

The apartment management says work will begin after Memorial Day to get the bees removed.


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