Africanized Bees (Killer Bees)

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There are hundreds of species of bees in the world

  • The race we have been accustomed to are known as: European Honey Bees (EHB)
  • Killer Bees are known as African Honey Bees (AHB)
  • Africanized Honey Bees are a HYBRID of these two species
  • Brought to Brazil in the 1950’s
  • Purpose was to create a better honey producer in this tropical area
  • Many escaped and over the next four decades started creating very large colonies in the tropics & subtropics of America

What the AHB’s are known for:

  • They defend their queen and nest more intensely than European Honey Bees
  •  They sense danger very fast even when people or animals are 50 to 100 feet away
  • AHB’s will chase an enemy up to a mile or more
  • AHB’s are more violent, swarm more often and are less predictable than EHB’s
  • They also mature faster and the queen lays more eggs than the EHB’s

What you should be aware of Bee Removal

  • AHB’s tend to nest in unexpected places - Removal of the Honey Comb is a very important part after the Africanized bees have been extinguished. Or else it will attract Hive Beetles, Ants, and other bees looking for a new nest.
  • There is an increasing rate of stinging incidents of humans and animals due to their aggressive behavior
  • Educate others of the intense threat of AHB’S
  • Any nest that are close to residences or domestic animals should be destroyed
  • Peak swarming season is Spring through Fall
  • Be cautious if you hear buzzing, there could be a swarm near by
  • If so, do not start power equipment or try to disturb a swarm of bees
  • Get away from swarms as quickly as possible
  • Protect your eyes and face Take shelter in an enclosed area, do not jump into water or a pool, the bees will wait for you to surface
  • Do not stand still and swat, this will cause them to sting and be more aggressive

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