Man rushed to hospital after being stung 150 times by bees

Michael Ledlow and his yard, NBC News images

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (WFLA) – A Fort Pierce man wound up in the hospital after his DIY bee removal project went horribly wrong.

Michael Ledlow and his yard, NBC News images
Michael Ledlow and his yard, NBC News images

Michael Ledlow wanted to save some money.  So, instead of hiring a professional bee removal service, he decided to remove a bee hive himself.

“So I thought, well I’m protected I had the suit on, I’ll just go ahead and do it. The bees will just fly around me. They won’t bother me. That was a mistake,” he said.

Ledlow said everything was going smoothly until he tried to suck the bees into a vacuum. The bees plugged the vacuum’s filter.

“I had trapped so may in my ShopVac , that it must have smothered the filter and it burned the motor up.”

The bees started stinging Ledlow through his gloves. More than 150 bee stings caused his hands to swell. Ledlow’s chest tightened and it became hard for him to breathe.

He was taken to a local hospital and was later released.

Ledlow says he won’t be doing any more DIY bee removal projects.

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