Africanized Honey Bees
"Africanized honeybees are not to be feared, but they are to be respected. By understanding how they behave, you can avoid close encounters with AHBs or respond appropriately if a problem develops."
Dr. Eric Mussen
Listen to Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology talk about Africanized honey bees on the national Fox Network (8/1/12). Read Dr. Mussen's article Africanized Honey Bees in California. Dr. Mussen Honored by California State Beekeepers Association.
If you disturb an Africanized honeybee colony, follow these steps to protect yourself:
2. Never swat at the bees. Swatting and waving your arms at bees aggravates them more. Cover your head with your shirt or jacket while running because Africanized bees tend to sting the face and head.
3. Do not jump into a pool. The bees will just wait for you to come out.
4. Never stand still or get boxed into a place outdoors where you cannot escape the attack.
5. Seek immediate shelter in an enclosed building or vehicle. Isolate yourself from the bees.
6. Do not attempt to rescue a victim without the proper protective gear and training. Doing so could make you the second victim.
Government Agencies re: Africanized Honey Bees:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service-Carl Hayden Bee Research
Educational Institutions/Research Organizations provide Advice, Guidance, Information:
University of Tennessee, Agricultural Extension Service
Personal Accounts from LACBA Members:
2012 LACBA President, Jim Lindsey's son was attacked by Africanized bees while working in their apiary resulting in multiple bee stings. Due to this unfortunate incident, Mr. Lindsey has closed his family run apiary. However, Jim is a passionate beekeeper and will maintain a few gentle European hives.
2011 Former LACBA President, Clyde Steese, was attacked by Africanized bees while working in his apiary and rushed to nearby hospital. 300 stings were found on a single sleeve before they stopped counting. The aggressive Africanized hive which had infiltrated his European colony has been destroyed. Clyde continues to maintain bees in Los Angeles county and travels his bees to almond pollination.
In both cases, the docile honey bee hives had been taken over by aggressive Africanized honey bees.
Recent Attacks by Africanized Honey Bees:
3/10/14 Woman, Teen Hospitalized With Hundreds of Bee Stings Following Collision
11/7/13 Africanized Bees Kill Pit Bull, Injure Another In Florida Neighborhood
Man Dies After Honey Bee Attack - City Warns Residents of Bee Dangers (Nogales Intl. - July 17, 2012)
Killer Bees Swarming Into Oklahoma (News9.com - April 26, 2012)
We'd like to thank Derek Roach of Pro Pacific Bee Removal for the following Graphic.