What To Do When You Find A Swarm Of Bees

Venice311 reader and twitterer @TRKlomp sent Venice 311 a message about a swarm of bees on Thursday. Vector control was called, but were too busy to respond. On Friday a child was stung, and Venice 311 called again and alerted Tony Vera who stayed on scene until the police arrived. Vector control showed up, and this is how you take care of a swarm of precious bees! Thanks @TRKlomp!

Avoid the area and keep children and pets away from the swarm or colony.  Do not attempt to control the bees yourself.  Call a professional.  Please contact the Vector Control District at (310) 915-7370 for assistance or referral.  In an emergency dial 911.

As a general rule, stay away from all honey bee swarms and colonies.   If you accidentally encounter bees, do not panic, but remain calm and quietly retreat until the bees are out of sight.  If forced to run, use your arms and hands to protect your face and eyes from possible stings.  Quickly take shelter in a car or building.  Water or thick brush does not offer adequate protection.

Do not disturb or tease bees, and do not try to remove bees yourself.  Do not shoot at, spray water at, throw rocks at, or douse bee colonies with chemicals.  This will only irritate the bees.   Also, do not attempt to control bees with aerosol pesticides.

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS

Listen for buzzing indicating a colony or swarm of bees.
Look for bees flying back and forth in a straight line.
Use care when entering sheds or outbuildings where bees may be established.
Examine work area before using lawn mowers, weed cutters, and other power equipment.
Examine areas before tethering or penning pets and livestock.
Be alert when participating in all outdoor activities.
Do not disturb a colony or swarm-contact a professional.
Teach children to be cautious and respectful of all bees.
Check with a doctor about bee sting kits and procedures if sensitive to bee stings.
Develop a safety plan for your home and yard.
Organize a meeting to inform neighbors about the AHB to help increase neighborhood safety and awareness.

Outdoor Safety

Keep pets and children indoors when using weed eaters, hedge clippers, tractors, power mowers, chain saws, or other power equipment until you are certain that no bee colonies are in the area.  Honey bees are sensitive to unusual odors and loud vibrations.  Attacks frequently occur when a person is mowing the lawn or pruning shrubs and trees, and disturbs a colony.
Keep alert for honeybee activity when outdoors.
Keep dogs under control when hiking.  A dog bounding through the brush is more likely to disturb bees than one following quietly at your heels.
Stay alert when horseback riding through brush or under low hanging branches where bees may have established a colony.
Keep animals away from apiaries, commercial hives, and bee colonies.   Numerous stinging incidents have involved animals either penned or tethered near established hives and colonies.
Leave the area quickly if you are attacked by bees.  The attack could last until the victim leaves the area.  Cover your face using your hands and arms to protect your eyes and mouth from the bees.  Seek shelter inside enclosures where the bees cannot enter such as a car, house, tent, or other building.  Do not jump into water for protection.

What To Do If Stung

FOR STINGS IN GENERAL:

Quickly move to a safe area.
Remove the stinger or stingers as soon as possible.
Scrape the stinger out with either a fingernail or credit card if readily available.  Pulling out the stinger with your fingers is also an acceptable method since research has shown that removing the stinger as soon as possible is more important than the actual method of removal when it comes to minimizing the venom received.
Wash the sting area with soap and water.
Apply an ice pack for a few minutes to relieve pain and swelling.

FOR MULTIPLE STINGS OR HYPERSENSITIVE INDIVIDUALS:

Seek immediate professional medical care.
Remove the stinger or most stingers as soon as possible.
Count the number of stingers removed.  This information will assist medical personnel in treatment.
Watch for breathing and/or vision difficulties.

10 Plants That Are Harmful To Dogs

Plants and vegetables are easy to grow in Southern California, but many are toxic for animals.

Natural curiosity and indiscriminate taste can lead to trouble for our canine companions. Plants that are poisonous to dogs can be found in our homes, our yards and in the wild, and sometimes all it takes is a little bite to lead to an emergency trip to the veterinarian.

These 10 plants are among the most toxic to dogs, and you can find a full list with photos at ASPCA.org, the website of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

1. Grapes — The toxicity of grapes to dogs was once thought to be an urban legend, but it’s true; even a small serving can cause vomiting and diarrhea, while larger amounts can lead to kidney failure. Researchers aren’t yet sure what exactly causes this reaction, whether pesticides or a fungal toxin.

And while keeping the grapes and raisins in your pantry away from your dog is a concern, you should be on the lookout for grapevines outside as well. As any dog owner knows, berries and fruits of all sorts are a tempting treat.

2. Mushrooms — While there are plenty of great-tasting, perfectly safe mushrooms out there, dogs just don’t seem capable of discerning the difference between the edible and the toxic. To be on the safe side, it’s best not to allow dogs to eat any wild mushrooms at all, unless you can confidently identify the species yourself.

Amanita, Galerina and Lepiota species are especially dangerous because they contain toxins that cause a series of worsening symptoms, from vomiting to swelling in the brain. Amanita phalloides, the Death Cap mushroom, is responsible for most of the reported fatal mushroom poisoning cases in dogs.

3. Marijuana — For most people, the likelihood of your pet gaining access to marijuana — whether on a live plant or not — is relatively low. But regardless of your view of marijuana’s safety for human use, it has absolutely no benefits for your pet.

After ingesting marijuana, a dog can experience symptoms like slow heart rate, lack of coordination, disorientation, drooling and tremors that can persist for up to three days.

4. Lilies — While lilies are well-known as a serious danger to cats, certain varieties are highly toxic to dogs as well.

The peace lily, calla lily, amaryllis, lily of the valley, autumn crocus and the common houseplant, giant Dracaena or palm lily, are all deemed dangerous to dogs by the ASPCA. Ingestion of lilies can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, anorexia and tremors.

5. Black walnuts — Dropping from black walnut trees by the thousands, the nuts themselves don’t contain anything that can harm your dog.

But once they start to decompose, they grow molds that can cause tremors and seizures. If you have one of these trees in your yard and your dog seems attracted to the nuts, it might be a good idea to rake them up on a regular basis.

6. Sago palm — Often used in landscaping and as houseplants, sago palms develop seed pods that are often very tempting to dogs.

Unfortunately, the whole plant and the seeds in particular contain a potent toxin called cycasin that can be fatal, even if the dog only eats a single seed. Ingestion of any part or amount of this plant warrants immediate emergency treatment.

7. Azalea — A member of the widely toxic genus rhododendron, the azalea is found in many varieties all over the United States and is commonly used as an ornamental flowering shrub in landscaping.

Ingestion of just a few leaves can cause serious issues like digestive upset, drooling, loss of appetite, weakness and leg paralysis. In some cases, eating azalea can lead to coma or death.

8. Castor bean — This ornamental tropical plant, also used as a crop for castor oil, contains the toxic protein ricin.

At the least, eating this plant can burn a dog’s mouth and throat and lead to excessive thirst, vomiting and diarrhea. But ingestion of even an ounce of seeds can be lethal.

9. Daffodils — Among the first blooms to herald the arrival of spring, daffodils are a cheerful addition to the garden, but they contain poisonous alkaloids that can cause vomiting, excessive salivation, diarrhea, convulsions, tremors and heart problems.

The bulbs are the most dangerous part of the plant. Other common names for the daffodil include narcissus, jonquil and paper white.

10. Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) — With its broad variegated leaves, the dieffenbachia is often recommended as an ideal houseplant for natural air purification.

But if you choose to have one in your home, be sure it’s well out of your dog’s reach. When eaten, it not only burns the mouth and throat but causes the esophagus to swell, potentially blocking the dog’s airway.

Pets And Venice – How To Help Your Pet And Support Animal Services

LA Animal Services has Bunnies, Hamsters, Turtles and so much more!

Having a pet in the family is a wonderful gift. It is also a big responsibility. Our pets depend on us to be smart about feeding the right, taking them to see a vet, getting them immunized ( just like kids get shots ) , protecting them from harm and making sure they get exercise. In return, our pets play with us, comfort us when we are sad or lonely, and teach us to care. Taking good care of our pets is good for us.

If you are looking to bring a pet into your family, PLEASE visit an LA Animal Care location. They always have plenty of dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets such as hamsters and turtles just waiting to go to a new loving home!

Get a friend a gift certificate to LA Animal Services!!!

Do you know someone interested in adopting a pet? You can get them a gift certificate to LA Animal Services! Perfect for holidays, Birthday presents, Weddings, Special Occasions or just to be an awesome friend!

  • Gift Certificates can be applied to the cost of adopting a new pet from ALL SIX LA Animal Care Centers
  • They Are good for any dollar amount, and the NEVER expire!
  • They allow anyone to come to a LA Animal Care center and experience the joy of adopting a new family member!
  • If there is any unused portion of the gift certificate, it is donated to help other homeless shelter animals. Good Karma!

Licenses:

It is required that all dogs in the City of Los Angeles be licensed. The cost is only $20. If your pet gets lost, their license tag will help return them to you. Whoever finds your pet will know they have an owner. Licensing is an important part of responsible dog ownership, and also provides MUCH NEEDED FUNDS to the animal care centers of Los Angeles.

Finances Low? How to keep your pet and keep them healthy!

Many people leave their pets at shelters, or worse they just abandon them in the hopes that someone will take care of them due to financial problems or costly medical conditions. THERE IS HELP! If you cannot afford to treat your animals, please consider these resources that are there to help you get the treatment they need so you can keep them and love them!

The Sam Simon Foundation provides FREE surgeries for cats and dogs belonging to people who earn less than $40,000 per year. 1-323-549-5300.

The Pet Fund offers financial aid for veterinary care to qualified applicants. 1-916-443-6007.

Pet Orphans of Southern California provides financial assistance for emergency vet care to qualifying low-income individuals. 1-818-901-0190.

P.A.W.S. LA helps eligible low-income individuals keep care of their pets. 1-323-464-7297

Care Credit provides interest-free credit cards to help with unexpected vet bills 1-800-677-0718

Actors & Others provides financial assistance for emergency vet care to qualifying low-income individuals. All animals must be sterilized to receive services. 1-818-755-6045

If you find a dead animal, please call the department of sanitation at 311, or the numbers and information below:

Dead Animal Collection

The Bureau of Sanitation collects dead animals free of charge, except for horses and cows. (For horses and cows, please check your local yellow pages for a rendering service.) Please call 1-800-773-2489, from Monday through Saturday, between 7:30a.m. and 4:45p.m. For after hours and Sundays, please dial 3-1-1 on your home phone.

Customer Service Call Center
No Public Counter
Los Angeles, CA 90013
T.F. (800) 773-2489
Ctx (213) 473-4180
Fax (213) 473-4096
TDD (213) 473-4112
Email SAN.CallCenter@LACity.Org
Hours of Operation Monday – Friday, 07:30a.m. – 04:45p.m.