Angry bees swarm outside man's window

Posted at 6:49 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 22:15:17-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - An Oceanside man barely escaped an angry swarm of bees that then went on a daylong offensive outside his apartment window.

"I was scared and shocked at the same time," said Brandon Mansfield.

Mansfield was outside his second-story apartment Tuesday, and as he stood near a storage closet, he swatted away a few bees and went back inside.

"I just shooed at them and they flew away," said Mansfield.

However, Mansfield added, "I got the trash and within seconds in my direction -- thousands of bees."

The angry cloud blotted out two trees.

"When you see that big of a swarm, it's very terrifying; panic, pure panic," said Mansfield.

With only seconds to spare, Mansfield ran inside, and from his bedroom window, he recorded footage on his cellphone. Nearby were his wife and sister-in-law.

As seen in the video, the bees seemed determined to get inside, bouncing off the window over and over.

All morning and all afternoon, the bee attack kept coming.

"It was like out of a movie. It was like one of those 1990s killer bee movies," said Mansfield.

The bees were so aggressive they ended up stinging the exterminators through their suits.

Two days later, 10News cameras captured a storage closet full of dead bees.

"I was literally a few seconds away from being stung a few hundred times. This was something I never thought I'd ever see," said Mansfield.

Mansfield posted the video online and it gathered in more than 100,000 views in a day.

10News showed the video to Jeff Lutz, owner of Bee Best Bee Removal, and he said the aggressive nature points to Africanized bees.

He believes there was a hive being protected in the nearby trees.