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Valley Woman Says Bees are Populating Near Her Home

a brownsville woman believes the bees-- next to her home are a danger to her family. she says the amount of bees is... growing in numbers... so she called five on your side for help. channel five's frank mccaffrey reports elmita velez is living in a home in a rural part of brownsville with her mother and 14- year-old son. she has their safety on her mind constantly. elmita velez says she was looking for a peaceful place to call home. she moved outside of brownsville to do just that. elmita velez, brownsville resident, "i wanted to be out in the country, away from too much traffic and people." velez says over the years, she's had a problem on her property. a population of bees growing on an old, seemingly abandoned building next door. elmita velez, brownsville resident, "no i noticed that it's more and i also saw the drippings of the, the spotting which is the honey of the bees." now she is worried the bees will harm her mother and son living with her. elimita velez, brownsville resident, "we want to come out here. but we are afraid that can happen, that the bees can attack either myself or my son or my mom." velez says she's called the county several times over the last two years. she says the county always tells her the owners of the land next door have been contacted about the problem. but velez says the bees are still there! she says she wants to know where she can turn because she has only one thing she wants. elmita velez, brownsville resident, "i would like for them to get rid of those bees. because we're in danger." channel five news did some digging and found out the agency that can help velez is cameron county health department environmental health. a spokesperson for the group, edgar chapa, says velez can call and request a county inspector go to the property. chapa adds if all the bees are on a structure, the county will likely not be able to exterminate them itself. they can demand the property owners hire an exterminator themselves to eliminate them. he says, however, the inspector will look into the issue to see what options are available to get rid of the bees because he wants to help velez. velez tells us she is will call the county in the coming days to request an inspector. count on channel five news to find out if the inspector is scheduled and what route will be taken to get rid of the problem. in the channel five news studio, frank mccaffrey, channel five news if the bees were to swarm and sting someone on velez's property, the county says she should call 911. this is a channel five news extra. cameron county health department environmental health spokesperson edgar chapa tells us when the emergency response teams show up, they will decide whether or not to exterminate the bees.




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