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BugWorks Termite & Pest Control Company takes a closer look at the Africanized Honeybee.

Africanized Honey Bees, commonly known as Killer Bees, are quite possibly the deadliest insect in South Texas. Africanized Honey Bees first came to the Rio Grande Valley in 1990 and they have been terrorizing our communities every since.

Every year there are dozens of reported attacks on humans and pets. Unfortunately, in some cases, these attacks can result in severe allergic reactions or even death. The most dangerous bee colony attacks seem to occur in structures that are abandoned or vacant for long periods of time. For instance: Hunting lodges, tool sheds, RVs, trailers, homes, and vehicles.

Distinguishing between harmless honey bees and Africanized honey bees is difficult – they look very similar to the untrained eye. The tell tale sign is aggressiveness and of course by the time one can identify the level of aggression, you’re likely in a serious bind. Bugworks has treated killer bee colonies that number in the tens of thousands of killer bees, and even with the appropriate protective gear, it is dangerous work.

BugWorks Termite and Pest Control Company, strongly advises you to use extreme caution when you happen upon a bee colony. And, please do not consider bee control a do-it-yourself kind of project.

Killer Bee Facts & Figures

• Africanized Honeybees are 10 times more likely to initiate an attack or sting, compared to the European Honeybees.

• Africanized Honeybees follow victims up to 440 yards. European Honeybees follow for only 50 yards.

• Africanized Honeybees are less predictable and more defensive than the European Honeybees.

How to Stay Safe Around Africanized Honeybees

• Beware of buzzing noises around you. Buzzing indicates a nest or swarm of bees may be around!

• Use care when entering sheds, or buildings that have been vacant for long periods of times!

• Before getting started on yard work with power equipment, examine your work area!

• Don’t disturb a nest or swarm – Call BugWorks!

• If bitten by bees, visit your family doctor and ask about bee sting kits and procedures.

If you find a bee colony, give us a call ASAP!

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