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.
Killer Bees-Africanized Honey Bees! What Are They and Why Are They Here
Government Agencies re: Africanized Honey Bees:
County of Los Angeles, Agriculture Commission Weights & Measures
Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Best Management Practices
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
NationalAtlas.gov What's Buzzing About Honey Bees!
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service-Carl Hayden Bee Research
Educational Institutions/Research Organizations provide Advice, Guidance, Information:
University of Arizona, Africanized Honey Bee Education Project
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
University of Florida IFAS Extension
University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension
Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
University of Riverside, Entomology Department
University of Tennessee, Agricultural Extension Service
Utah State University, Cooperative Extension
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:
7/24/14 Honey Bees Sting Texas Man About 1,000 Times
3/10/14 Woman, Teen Hospitalized With Hundreds of Bee Stings Following Collision
3/7/14 100,000 Killer Bees Attack Park Rangers in Florida; Rodney Pugh, David Seledon Stung Hundreds of Times [Video]
3/6/2014 Bees Swarm Palm Desert Neighborhood, Woman Stung 1,000 times
2/17/14 Swarm of Killer Bees Attack Spectators at "Tope" Costa Rica
11/7/13 Africanized Bees Kill Pit Bull, Injure Another In Florida Neighborhood
8/3/13 Africanized Honey Bees Attack in Peoria, AZ
7/26/13 Thousands of Bees Attack Couple, Kill Horses in Pantego, TX
6/18/13 Killer Bees in Tennessee?
http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/22623026/killer-bees-in-tennessee (with Video)
6/6/13 Killer Bees Leave Texas Man Dead, Woman in Serious Condition
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/02/18703314-killer-bees-leave-texas-man-dead-woman-in-serious-condition (with Video)
3/16/13 Swarm of Bees Kills Puppy in California
3/5/13: Dog Dies After Bee Attack
California Couple Hospitalized After Bee Attack (Fox25News - July 25, 2012)
Man Dies After Honey Bee Attack - City Warns Residents of Bee Dangers (Nogales Intl. - July 17, 2012)
16 Dogs Aattacked by Africanized Bees; Three Critical (LA Times - June 8, 2012)
Killer Bees Swarming Into Oklahoma (News9.com - April 26, 2012)
Tennesssee Africanized Bees Discovered After Beekeeper Stung (Huffington Post - April 11, 2012)
We'd like to thank Derek Roach of Pro Pacific Bee Removal for the following Graphic.