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Killer Bees, tips on what to do and what not to do

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

There are some basic things to keep in mind if you happen to have a run in with killer bees. Some of these steps are more of preventative methods to do at your home, in order to keep killer bees from invading. Also some of these steps can be used in everyday instances to keep from attracting killer bees. Here are some steps to keep in mind when dealing with a bee problem:

  • Check around your house to see if there are any bees coming in and out of cracks in your walls. If there are call a professional exterminator, if there aren’t have the cracks sealed in order to prevent bees coming into the crack in the future.
  • Check all vent opening and even chimneys for bees. If they are present call your local pest control service. Otherwise make sure there are no openings, and screens are sealed or added.
  • Check other objects around your property to ensure no bees are getting too comfortable. Check out our blog post on where killer bees can be located.
  • Never try to solve the problem yourself. Bees can be disturbed very easily, and if you try to get rid of them yourself there is a huge risk of being attacked. Please call your local pest control service company.
  • Due to the fact that killer bees can be disturbed by minuscule things like vibrations, be more alert when using a lawn mower, blower, hedge trimmers, or any other electrical device that makes vibrations and or loud noises.
  • Keep kids and pets inside when doing these types of outdoor activities in case killer bees do get set off by the yard work.
  • Wear lighter toned colors when outside. Either if you’re in your backyard, running errands, or on a hike.
  • Keep in mind your location and surroundings. If you were to be attacked where is the safest place to run to? For more about what to do if stung read our killer bee sting first aid blog.

Here is a short list of some easy things not to do if you have a run in with killer bees; or to prevent bees from attacking:

  • Try to avoid wearing citrus or floral scents, like perfumes, lotions, or after shave.
  • If near flowers or a garden and see bees, do not panic. Bees are only harmful when something threatens them. In most cases they are getting pollen which is very helpful.
  • Do not keep your pets penned or tethered near potential bee hive spots. See our blog on where killer bees are located for a full list.
  • Do not jump in a pool to avoid killer bees; they will just wait for you!
  • Never ever try to remove a bee hive without professional help, call your local pest control service to come and remove any hives that you find.

Bees: Killer bee stings first aid

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

If you get stung by a killer bee the first thing to do is stay calm, well at least as calm as you can. There are a couple scenarios that you could be in. First, if there are still bees trying to sting you take cover. Try to block your head and run to a safe place. If you are near your home or car, run there as fast as you can. If there is a pool near by do not run and jump into it. Killer bees like water and will just wait for you to come up for air, take cover in a structure not a body of water. If you are outside and there is nothing near you just keep running, it may take some time but it is your best option. There is a chance you can out run the bees. Do not by any mean drop and play dead, you will just be attacked. The other situation you could find yourself in is maybe camping, as this recreation seems to be a frequent place of bee attacks. Run into your tent, cabin, trailer or car as fast as you can. Once you have made it to a safe location here are the next steps:

  • Do you know if you’re allergic to bee stings? If you are unsure these are the symptoms you will feel itching, body rash, burning, body swelling, difficulty breathing, nausea, shock, weakness or becoming unconscious. Hopefully you are not alone and someone can take you to your doctor or the local ER.
  • After finding where the sting is you notice you have more than one take a quick count. If you have over a dozen go to your doctor or the local ER.
  • Now that you know where the sting is keep it under the area of your heart as best as you can. So if it is on your hand keep it towards the ground and do no put it upwards, above your heart.
  • When looking at the sting is the stinger still in your skin? If not that’s great. Unfortunately if it is still in your skin the venom could still be in the stinger. Do not use tweezers or do not squeeze the sting this could cause the venom to go into the sting wound.
  • Take the stinger out by using your finger nail, a credit card or even a knife; push it out of the wound.
  • Once the wound is stinger free get a cold compress and apply it to help with the swelling and the pain.
  • There could be some itching, it does not mean you are allergic, but keep it in mind. The itching should go away after a few hours. If it is continuing still go to your doctor or local ER.
  • If you are stung a few times repeat for each sting wound.

Bees: The Killer Bee and the Africanized Honey Bee Are the Same Bee

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

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.

Bees, where killer bee hives can be located

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

It is important to keep an eye out for killer bees on your property. They often like to make abandoned objects, man-made objects, or trees their home. In most cases it will become visually apparent that there are bees near your home. Killer bees travel in swarms and live that way as well. Therefore, if you see a few bees take a look around to ensure there isn’t a hive near by. If you discover a hive on your property it is best to call a professional exterminator or bee keeper. Killer bees can and will attack at even the smallest provocation, and you do not want to be the one to upset them. If that were to happen here is a list of what to do, and what not to do around killer bees. Also check out our blog on first aid, if you do get stung by a killer bee.

Killer bees are not very selective about where they live, so they can pretty much make anywhere their home. Killer bees do like to live near places with water like canals, drainage areas, or detention and or retention areas. All of these locations whether water is flowing or just present make good homes for killer bees. Keep these areas in mind. If there are any near your home or even places where you frequent or where children play, be observant of your surroundings. In any case near or far from water these are some typical places you can find a bee hive:

  • Attics
  • Walls
  • Crevices with in a homes structure
  • Chimneys
  • Storage areas and or sheds
  • Dog houses
  • Porches
  • Cars, that are not frequently used
  • Trees, especially hollowed out trees
  • Shrubs
  • Flower pots
  • Garbage cans
  • Power, utility, or meter boxes

These locations may seem vague, but can be found in most backyards or front yards. This is more reason to take killer bee hives seriously and call a professional pest control company or a bee keeper to come help you solve the problem.