SINGAPORE - A swarm of bees was killed by a Punggol resident who allegedly found them residing in a shower head in his bathroom last Sunday (Feb 26).
Photos of the bees were posted on Twitter by user @yokey017 - who claimed to be the resident's friend - and have since gone viral, garnering close to 3,000 retweets.
The bees were exterminated using the pesticide Baygon, according to @yokey017.
When contacted by The Straits Times on Monday, @yokey017 said his friend did not want to be interviewed, but confirmed that the incident had occurred in the latter's Punggol home.
This follows an incident last week at Ang Mo Kio Garden West, where a woman in her 30s was stung badly by a swarm of bees.
She was later taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the National Parks Board (NParks) cleared the swarm within the day.
Bee sightings have also been reported in the Sengkang and Punggol areas in the past.
In August last year, big swarms of bees invaded at least five HDB blocks in Punggol. Exterminators were called in and it took nearly two hours to kill them.
Over a thousand bees also reportedly swarmed into two blocks of flats in nearby Sengkang in June 2015.
To report sightings of bee hives, the public can contact the National Parks Board's (NParks) helpline at 1800-471-7300.
Here is what to do if you are attacked by bees:
- Cover your face and run as fast and as far away as you can;
- Run against the wind, as the resistance makes it harder for bees, which do not fly very fast, to keep up;
- Run until you get to shelter, as most bees are disoriented by lights and changes in temperature;
- Do not swat at the bees, flail your arms or jump into water, as the bees will wait for you to surface.
This article was first published on Feb 27, 2017.
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