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Bees causing problems in abandoned property

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SOUTH TUCSON-A neighborhood in the City of South Tucson is on bee alert. City officials said the bees are in an abandoned house and are causing a buzz.

It's a dilemma officials are now dealing with but is enough being done?

The South Tucson Fire Department is looking into options for dealing with bees on private and abandoned properties.

As of now they can't take action unless a person or livestock are being actively attacked.

The property is an abandoned duplex is on 27th St. and last week people walking by the house claim they were stung by bees.

Sergio Romero lives across the street, he said “I don't want them around my kids that's the main thing.”

He’s also concerned because the duplex is next door to a daycare center.

“It does concern me because I have four children and my mother-in-law has a child.”

Romero said he won't let his children go outside and play in the kiddie pool, "I have seen them mostly because we have a pool we try to fill it and maybe 10 minutes into it the kids being in there the bees  come into the swimming pool.”

When an elderly woman was stung last week the daughter immediately contacted city officials about the abandoned house and the bees.

Andy Luna is the public information officer for South Tucson Fire Department.  “We can't go into a place that is private even though it's abandoned. At that time there was no imminent danger.”

 Also the bees are protected by the EPA. “They are protected, we try to abide by the EPA and the regulations but if there is  danger and somebody is getting stung or swarmed we have a duty to act and we will do that.”

The city attorney is also coming up with an ordinance where property owners can be cited if they don’t have the bees removed.

South Tucson is in the process of contacting the property owner to get rid of bees. News 4 did a check on the property and it comes back to a property management company in Scottsdale.

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