Bio-Tech Pest Control – Untamed and Uncut Africanized Killer Bee Attacks

Jul 25, 2015 | Uncategorized

Africanized honey bees also commonly referred to as Africanized bees or killer bees are descended from South African bees which were imported by Brazilian Scientists in 1956. The scientists were hoping to produce a breed of honey bee by cross breeding a European bee which did not adapt well in the tropical regions with the South African bee that would be better adapted to the South American tropics. The resulting species is known as Apis mellifera. Interestingly enough bee keeping in Africa is a relatively new practice compared to Europe. In Africa humans and other predators such as the Honey Badger would destroy a hive to reach the honey. Some scientists believe that this and other extreme conditions caused the bees to become more aggressive in order to survive and could be one of the reasons that the African honey bee developed differently to its European cousin.

Africanized Killer Bee Facts

In 1957 some of these hybrid bees were accidentally released and they began breeding with local Brazilian honey bees. These new bees quickly multiplied and extended their range throughout South and Central America. In the past decade, Africanized honey bees began invading North America. The Africanized honey bee is dubbed the killer bee due to its highly aggressive nature and the fact that it is not necessary to disturb a hive for these bees to begin to attack. They become agitated by noise and vibrations created from vehicles and even people. Africanized Honey bees can be found in Arizona, California, Florida, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and Oklahoma. There are approximately 28 subspecies from the original Apis mellifera. They are golden yellow in color with darker bands of brown and look almost identical to European bees.

Bio-tech Pest Control has prepared the following list of killer bee facts for your reference:

• Africanized Killer bees live in large colonies that can include up to 80,000 members. They can build their nests in old abandoned cars and buildings.
• Africanized bees can be easily provoked; perfume, shiny jewelry and dark clothing can agitate the bees and cause them to attack.
• These bees will defend their colony and attack when threatened. The venom has the same potency as a European Honey bee, but the Africanized bee stings faster.
• After stinging, the Africanized bee will produce a chemical that smells like ripe bananas to alert other members of the colony to initiate a collective attack.
• Africanized bees remain in an agitated state for up to 24 hours after an incident.
• Africanized bees have been known to chase their victims for over a quarter of a mile.
• If you are chased by Africanized Killer bees run in a zig zag pattern and find shelter in a car or building. Don’t jump in water; the bees will wait until you surface for air.
• Africanized killer bees can only sting once; their stinger is barbed and will tear off when the bee flies away.

Getting Rid of Africanized Killer Bees

Because of the aggressive nature of these flying insects and the enormous size of their nests, contact Bio-tech Pest Control and speak with a professional to schedule an appointment for removal. Do not attempt to remove a hive on your own. Africanized Killer bees are responsible for several deaths each year and the stings can be extremely painful, even a few stings can be fatal if you or family members are allergic to bee venom.

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