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School starts with a sting - make that stings

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Cedric Voitlein was the 11th student at Mullan Elementary School in a week when a wasp crawled down his shirt and stung him four times Cedric Voitlein was the 11th student at Mullan Elementary School in a week when a wasp crawled down his shirt and stung him four times
Julie Voitlein says hearing that her son was stung four times made her feel uneasy Julie Voitlein says hearing that her son was stung four times made her feel uneasy
Students play outside of Mullan Elementary School Students play outside of Mullan Elementary School

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's that time of year again - when bees and wasps are buzzing around everywhere in search of food as Fall approaches.

The insects are swarming businesses, neighborhoods and as one mother can attest - even schools.

Cedric Voitlein, an 8-year-old student at Mullan Road Elementary, says he was playing on the playground Thursday when a wasp crawled down his shirt and stung him four times.

"I was stung a couple of times," said Voitlein, "it feels really bad."

He was then rushed to the nurse's office after reacting badly to the stings.

"It was a little bit scary," said his mother, Julie. "My stomach did knots, I felt like I was going to throw up."

When Julie picked her son up from school, she learned Cedric was the 11th student in a week to be stung while out at recess.

When KHQ crews were at the school Friday, one more student got stung when a bee crawled inside of his shoe.

School officials say they haven't noticed any hives and say they check every day.

There are traps set up in trees to help catch them, but for some reason, they say, there's just more bees than normal and there's not much else they can do; news that is a unnerving for the Voitlein family, who's youngest son, also a student a Mullan Elementary School, is severely allergic to bee and wasp stings.

"It's a little nerve racking. I would rather keep them out of school," said Julie. "I know that since it's the beginning of the school year they need to be there, so I just make sure I have my phone close by."

Other elementary schools have seen stings, just not the amount Mullan Elementary School is experiencing.

Browne Elementary School has seen only two incidents, Wilson Elementary School, just one and Jefferson Elementary School has seen three since school began.

Local exterminators say both bees and wasps are becoming more of a problem this year than in years past.

One even said removing hives has been a majority of his calls in the past month and not just at schools, but at homes and businesses as well.

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