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A Glendale family of four and their two dogs suffered injuries after attempting to remove a beehive.

A family member went to the shed and discovered the beehive, and the attack happened shortly after, according to the Glendale Fire Department public information officer Ashley Losch.

Two adults and two children younger than age 6 were involved in the incident. An adult was treated at a hospital for bee stings, according to authorities. The children did not need treatment at the hospital.

Both dogs were in critical condition at the veterinary office.

The fire department had to use foam to control the bees and to prevent them from stinging, Losch said.

Bees usually sting people when the queen or hive is threatened, she said.

“‘Attack’ is a tough word, because it’s not as though honeybees usually just come after people. It’s their natural response to start stinging.”

There were less calls to the fire department for bee stings in 2020 than in 2019, at 25 and 38 calls, respectively. Bees tend to be more active during warmer months, Losch said, but incidents can still happen throughout the year.

Losch recommends putting dish soap through a water hose to replicate the foam fire departments use for bees. Those who see a hive should slowly back away and call a professional beekeeper.