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Man dies after being attacked by wasps

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A Chaves County man died Monday after he was stung by wasps Sunday evening.

Mike Herrington, Chaves County Sheriff, identified the man who died as Galdino Guzman, 62.

The man died after he was attacked by a swarm of wasps Sunday in an area on East McGaffey Street and Lipan Road, according to a message posted on the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Monday night.

After one night of treatment in the intensive care unit at a local hospital, Guzman died due to the multitude of stings and heavy swelling on his body.

Guzman was stung while connecting a chain to a fallen tree so he could pull it away. The disturbance created provoked the wasps to attack him, the post states.

The post also states the Sheriff’s Office wants people to be aware of the potential of wasps and beehives that might be nesting in piles of large debris on their property.

The wasps most commonly seen around Roswell are paper wasps and are usually docile creatures unless they experience noise, vibration or disruption, according to Jason Steinke, vice president of Bob Reed Pest Control Inc. of Roswell.

He said just because wasps are found flying around a tree, does not mean there is a nest of them in that tree. Wasps are often attracted to sweet residues.

Steinke said people need to be aware of their surroundings.

“The main thing is, when you are walking around your house — is just looking up around your eaves — that’s where your paper wasps are going to make their nest, around your window sills and around your eaves,” Steinke said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.