HOUSTON (FOX 26) - There are some places in the Villa Ana Apartments that Dominique Holmes just won't go. It's the bad neighbors.
"In the day, that's when they're all swarming and I'm like please let me walk in a zig zag so I don't get bit," she says.
They've been living in this hive tucked away in a balcony for who knows how long? A while. That's right. They're bees.
So here's the deal. Tomorrow there will be a lot more people out and about than normal. Young people especially, because it's Halloween. So the management here called out Claude Griffin crew from Gotcha Pest control to get rid of the little beasts.
They got down to business and after a few quick cuts he realized it was worse than he thought. The bees had spread.
"We're sitting about about... minimum? I'm still stuck at 150,000 bees and that's it," Claude told us while taking a breather.
And he says there are two queens. Why? This colony of regular honeybees is being taken over by more aggressive Africanized bees, that means the kids here could be at serious risk of dying from multiple stings.
"I'd say 15-20. That's your average situation to kill a child," Claude says. "I've seen four bees kill a Chihuahua."
Despite the danger, bees are valuable. He moves the hive without killing it. The honey has value too and he can sell that, but perhaps the biggest value for the people here will be to not worrying about getting stung.
"Most of the time we go around this way, but I don't deal too much with them bees, man," said Barry Forbes.