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San Diego Padres facing criticism over mid-game bee extermination

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 15:49:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - There is still a buzz surrounding the bee interruption at Sunday’s Padres-Marlins game at Petco Park.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, a swarm of bees landed on a Fox Sports San Diego microphone, prompting a stoppage in play that lasted less than 30 minutes.

An exterminator was called onto the field to handle the bee situation, but the worker’s decision to kill the bees instead of moving them is being called into question.

“I was watching this video and just filling up with anger,” said hobbyist beekeeper and season ticket holder Jessica Hale.

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Hale said she won't be renewing her season tickets unless the Padres acknowledge the matter and learn alternate ways to remove them.

“They really missed an opportunity to make San Diego be represented as the bee-friendly city that we should be,” said beekeeper Jessica Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey.

The Padres confirmed that a bee removal company is always at home games in case of bee swarms.

“This year, we’re getting these basketball-size swarms,” said Jeffery Lutz of Bee Best Bee Removal.

Lutz said exterminators across the county are seeing a spike in bee calls because of the rains from earlier this year.

The exterminator said he wouldn’t have killed the bees, but rather have kept them alive and moved them. However, Lutz said it’s a tough call with that many people in one place.

“It’s just unfortunate whenever it’s captured on camera like that, and you have a bunch of dead bees on the ground,” added Lutz. “It doesn’t bode very well when people are watching that.”

There were no reports of anyone at the stadium being stung.