Areas Affected by Killer Bees

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated August 23, 2013)

There has been a lot of information in the news media over the past few years about killer bees. But what are the areas affected by killer bees. Despite what the media may have said, not all areas are currently being affected. Here is some information on not only the areas affected, but also what you can do to deal with the situation if you find yourself needing to deal with them.

  • Areas affected. Considering how aggressive and territorial the Africanized Honey Bee ( the technical name for Killer Bees) are, it is a rather good thing that they are only found in a few states across the United States. These bees can be found primarily in the states of California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida. There have been a few sightings of the bees in other states, but nothing official as of yet.
  • Behavior. For the most part, Africanized honey bees act in much the same manner as other bees. However it is when these bees perceive a threat that the real difference makes itself known. That difference is that unlike with regular bees when a threat comes around a few of the bees will attack, with killer bees it seems like the entire hive comes out. This swarm will then attack the threat, even following them outside of their territory to ensure the threat is gone. These swarm attacks can last for at least an hour, so be very careful if you think you have these bees near your home.
  • Impact. Like many aggressive species, killer bees have had a fairly negative impact on the environment. One of the most obvious examples of this is how after a killer bee hive has been established, it will then seek out and destroy other hives in the area. Further, these bees will swarm and attack anything that they perceive as a threat. This can end up driving away other animals (and people) from the area.
  • Control Methods. For the most part traditional bee removal methods will work to remove these killer bees. However, it is strongly advised that you do not do this type of work yourself as you can find yourself either seriously hurt or even dead. Once a swarm starts, it will not stop for at least an hour. All in all, it would be much better to simply hire a professional who has the experience, knowledge, and tools to deal with the problem for you.

Keep in mind that if you are planning on dealing with any killer bees you find personally that you will want to exercise extreme caution. The reason for this is that they can severely injure, possibly even kill (hence the name) anyone that they view as a threat. Be sure to only try and remove them during the coolest parts of the day, and that you are wearing proper protective gear at the same time. Additionally, you should also make sure that no one who is not properly protected is around you when you are doing this work.

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Lee Wyatt

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