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It's bee season: Do you know what to do?

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Five hikers were attacked by a swarm of bees in southern Arizona. One of the hikers, a 6-year-old, was stung more than 100 times.

This time of year bees are everywhere and beekeepers are working non-stop. Here's some advice to avoid getting attacked.

The best advice is use common sense and get a professional to take care of the problem. But often times the hives are in unexpected spots.

The five hikers were on a trail north of Tucson when the bees attacked.

"Typically these bees won't bother you they will give you a bump, a warning sign but if you get close to their colony it is like putting your head in an alligators head, it can be dangerous," says Paul Iverson, Africanized Bee Removal Specialists.

And this time of year the bees are out in force. They love this weather and will build a hive wherever they can.

"All they need is quarter inch hole the size of a pencil eraser head. They will swarm on there. They will filter in there. They will leave their scent, their beeswax, and they will start building their comb and it can get massive."

The colony can grow by the thousands in a very short period.

"They will go anywhere. The other day I did one in a palm tree. A swarm landed in a palm tree and they were just sitting there," says James Cox, Africanized Bee Removal Specialists.

Monday afternoon James Cox with took care of a massive hive on Camelback Mountain about 60 feet above a Paradise Valley mansion.

"I had to stand on this 2 and half foot ledge to actually kill the bees. Anywhere they think they can get in and start building a cone they will," says Cox.

One piece of advice -- just be aware of what's in and around your home.

"Take walk around your property. Take a look at your eaves. Look around your property," says Iverson.

So if you encounter a hive, don't disturb it, don't throw anything at it, and call a professional. Don't try to dispose of it yourself. If you find yourself under attack, run.


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