4 Things Homeowners Need To Know About Killer Bees

Posted on: 2 April 2015

Bees are the bane of homeowners across the United States, but not all bees pose the same threat to people. Africanized honey bees, often called killer bees, are much more aggressive than regular honey bees. Here's what you need to know about these dangerous pests.

How do you identify killer bees?

Killer bees look very similar to regular honey bees. There are a few differences between the two species, but you won't be able to see them with your naked eye. Scientists need to examine the bees under microscopes and measure many different parts of the bees to identify them. Even then, they sometimes can't tell the difference and need to do a DNA test.

What is the range of killer bees?

Killer bees didn't arrive in the United States until 1990, when they were spotted in Texas, but in the last two decades, they've spread farther than you would expect. Now, these dangerous bees are found in most parts of the Southern United States. Anyone who lives in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, or Florida lives within the current range of killer bees. The range expands every year, so people who live in nearby states will soon be living with killer bees.

How do you get rid of a nest near your home?

Bee removal is both challenging and dangerous, and should always be left to experienced professionals. Without the right equipment and the right training, you'll be putting yourself in danger. Killer bees are aggressive (hence their name), and they won't take too kindly to your attempts to destroy their home. When you get close enough to their home, they will attack. 

Do killer bees really kill?

A sting from a killer bee contains the same amount of venom as a sting from a regular honey bee, but that isn't what makes them so dangerous. Killer bees are much more aggressive than their gentler cousins, and many bees will sting at the same time, overloading the victim's body. If you disturb a nest of regular honey bees, you can expect to be stung somewhere between 12 and 20 times. Painful, but not deadly, unless you're allergic. Killer bees, on the other hand, would sting you about 2000 times.

Killer bees are much more aggressive than the honey bees you grew up with, and this new type of bees makes bee control too dangerous for the average homeowner. Unless you have the experience and equipment to keep yourself safe, call a professional pest control company like ASAP Bee Removal or others to get rid of the bees for you.

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