After an incident involving Africanized honey bees near the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, Environmental Health & Safety encourages the university community to practice safe habits on and off campus.
On Monday morning, March 22, a Lyle Center site technician was using a tractor to clear some brush in an area west of the main buildings. The vibration from the tractor antagonized a hive of bees, resulting in the technician receiving at least 18 sting wounds. He was treated at the Student Health Center, released the same day, and has fully recovered.
A licensed bee keeper was called to the scene to evaluate the hive and take appropriate action. The insects were identified as Africanized bees, a particularly aggressive species that has migrated throughout Southern California.
?Once it was determined the bees were Africans, the hive was destroyed,? says David Patterson, director of Environmental Heath & Safety. ?While this was certainly an isolated incident, we want to ensure that the university community is well informed on the differences between the European and African honey bee, and to alert us immediately should a hive be found on campus.?
Educational material on bees is available at www.cpp.edu/~ehs/ftp/NewsletterBee2004.pdf. Environmental Health & Safety provides resources for the campus community on a number of health and safety related issues.
The university is committed to maintaining a safe environment, but the rural landscape may provide encounters with wildlife, including snakes and insects. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the office of Environmental Health & Safety at (909) 869-4697.