Bee-ware of the house in Lake Granbury Harbor

April 27, 2013

Whose bees are these, anyway?

A swarm of bees that reportedly have infested an abandoned mobile home in the Lake Granbury Harbor subdivision northwest of Granbury apparently will continue to have the place all to themselves for the foreseeable future.

Wanda Mingus, who lives on Arizona Trail about two blocks from where the bees are hanging out, said she is concerned for the safety of people and animals in the neighborhood because the bees appear to be aggressive.

“I really feel like, sooner or later, they’re going to attack somebody,” Mingus said, noting that the bees have forced hummingbirds from feeders in the area. “The bees have all but taken over.”

Lieutenant Johnny Rose, a spokesman for the Hood County Sheriff’s Office, said that nothing can be done through the department “unless there’s an imminent threat.”

Rose indicated that the Sheriff’s Office can react if someone is attacked, but can’t act to prevent anything from happening.

“If it’s in progress, it’s different,” Rose said.

The house, at the corner of Oklahoma Trail and Lake Granbury Trail, was abandoned after a 2006 flood that damaged a number of homes along Robinson Creek.

That’s according to Jim Reddy, president of the Lake Granbury Harbor Homeowners Association. He noted that the hive has been there since last summer – next to the association’s boat dock. Reddy said that so far there have been no reports of bee attacks.

“They (the Sheriff’s Office) won’t do anything. Animal Control won’t do anything,” Reddy said. “So I don’t really know what the answer is. We don’t have the legal authority to do anything to it.”

Former sheriff Allen Hardin, now an investigator with Hood County Environmental Health, said that he has exhausted all possible avenues to handle the problem. He said the home’s current owner lived in the Metroplex, but is now deceased. About five years of back taxes are owed, Hardin indicated, so no one else is eager to come forward.

The county has no funding to demolish abandoned homes, Hardin said. And without the owner’s consent in such a case, no one can legally cut the lock on the chain-link fence to gain entry into the structure.

“There’s no legal remedy for the county to do anything with it,” Hardin said. “Even if you take it for taxes, you can’t do anything with it.”

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