Africanized Honey Bees AKA Killer Bees
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Africanized Honey Bees Invasive Species Facts, Habitat & Attacks
As Africanized Honey Bees are growing in numbers, Southeast Florida Pest Control would like to relate some informative knowledge concerning the Africanized Honey Bees or AHB, for our customers who prefer to gather the facts concerning threatening pests.
European Honey Bees VS Africanized Honey Bees
European honey bees are traditionally the most common bee species in the great state of Florida, but with Africanized honey bees high breeding patterns, they are now competing for territory with each other. With Africanized honey bee numbers increasing, Southeast Florida Pest Control feels it’s better to acquaint you with their behaviors.
Africanized Killer Bees
The Africanized honey bees have also been known as killer bees. People have come to believe they are aggressive by nature, however, Africanized honey bees are more defensive, and they defend their colony and surrounding areas when humans get in close proximity. Attacks on humans occur when people venture too close and the Africanized honey bees are protecting the colony.
Africanized Honey Bees Often Create their Colonies in the Following Places.
– Abandoned vehicles
– Empty containers
– Old tires
– Holes within places or objects
– Outdoor buildings
– Lumber piles
– Crawl spaces under homes and buildings
– Utility infrastructures
– Water meters
– Man holes
Tips to Prevent Africanized Honey Bees on Your Property:
– Remove all potential nesting sites.
– From March to July, which is the swarming season, inspect your property weekly for unusual bee activity.
– Seal all gaps larger than 1/8” in walls, around chimneys and plumbing.
– Install screens made of 1/8” hardware cloth over other openings, such as rain spouts, vents, cavities of trees, fence posts, water meters, utility boxes, and other related places Africanized Honey Bees will construct their new home.
Africanized Honey Bee Attack
If you discover Africanized honey bees on your property, contact Southeast Florida Pest Control immediately for removal. If you get stung, do not linger and allow the assault to continue. Run from the immediate area. Use your shirt to cover your nose and mouth to restrict the bees from your airways. Do not try to hide from the bees under water, as it can take them up to thirty minutes to give up the search of the potential threat, and will attack you when you surface or air. If you are stung by an Africanized honey bee, an allergic reaction might ensue. Common symptoms are hives, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, seek medical attention.