The killer bee in general is still new to the United States of America. Since it first arrived in Texas in 1990 the killer bee has been migrating to the west. It has entered New Mexico, Arizona and California over the past decade. Now the bee is supposed to be headed north. The killer bee has another name from its original origin. The killer bee is also known as the Africanized Honey Bee. This bee has come from Africa, gone to Brazil and is now making the U.S.A. it’s new home. In some of the states, the Africanized honey bee is only found in certain areas, while in Arizona the bee can be found throughout the state. The Africanized honey bee has been in Arizona since 1993 and has stirred up some trouble with in that time.
Like many other types of bees, the killer can be fatal. In Arizona, there have been a handful of cases where death is the result of bee stings. Some claim that a person is more likely to be in a car wreck then get stung by an Africanized honey bee. Also, every person will react to the sting differently. When the killer bee attacks someone it is usually a swarm of bees resulting in a multitude of stings. If someone is allergic this could be a fatal situation. In many cases people are not allergic and just take the sting differently. If you or someone you are with gets stung, stay calm as there are some things you can do yourself to aid the sting. Read more about killer bee sting first aid, in case you were to get stung.
The killer bee is a safety issue in Arizona. Even though bees are extremely important for pollinating crops they can also cause a huge threat to humans. Unlike other types of bees the Africanized honey bee colony is very large and constantly growing. The Queen can lay up to 1,500 eggs a day. The Africanized honey bee is no more venomous than any other bee, but due to the fact that they attack in groups a person could be stung numerous times. In most cases an Africanized honey bee attack only occurs when humans or machines disturb the bees or their hive.
A terrifying thing about disturbing an killer bee colony or hive is that a person does not actually have to invade their space physically. A loud noise or even a vibration that they feel has been known to put the killer bees into attack mode. Once they decide to attack they are relentless and vicious.
When killer bees attack they do so in a large group. Not only will you have a swarm of bees after you, but they also will pursue you for a great distance and or time. The killer bee swarm will pursue their object for up to quarter mile of their colony, they also will stay in the air if you try to jump in a pool, and have stayed in attack mode for up to 24 hours. Here are more tips about what to do and not do if you come in contact with killer bees and to help prevent coming in contact with them.
Arizona summers are known for the heat and the monsoons. During this time of year Africanized honey bees become a larger problem for a couple different reasons. One is that there is not as much honey during the summer, so the AHB becomes very protective of its hive. If anything were to disturb or threaten the hive the whole colony could go into attack mode. Another reason they are out more in the summer is the monsoon season. Killer Bees like the water, whether it’s water in a storm drain or resting pools on a patio. These areas of still water can attract the Africanized honey bee to make a new home. Also since they like to make their homes near water make sure to keep an eye out near your pool. In Arizona, the pool is the summer hot spot, unfortunately it can be a killer bees hang out as well.
There are many places within a backyard that a colony of Africanized honey bees could settle and make their hive. As mentioned before they do like to be by water. They also like to go into or under things. These are some hot spots where bee hives can be located.