A 95-year-old Redondo Beach man attacked by bees Wednesday afternoon was stung up to 600 times.
Louis Todero is recovering from the attack at home now. He was hospitalized in Torrance Wednesday night.
Authorities said they could not confirm whether the bees are Africanized bees, but said it is likely.
The bees were agitated by a fumigator that was trying to exterminate the hive in an apartment roof nearby, police said. Todero was walking in the 1700 block of Ruxton Lane when he was attacked.
Firefighters responding to the scene also were attacked by the bees, but because they were wearing protective gear, the firefighters were not stung.
The Los Angeles Vector Control set up warning signs and cordoned off the area. No evacuations were made.
A private exterminator is expected to remove the hive.