When you see a large swarm of bees, it can be a terrifying sight. If you find yourself in the presence of a large swarm of Africanized killer bees, it is even worse. These aggressive bees pose a real threat to anyone they may feel threatened by and should be avoided if at all possible. When these bees decide to attack, there can be no escaping them. Animal Pest Management Services, Inc. is here to share some tips to help keep you safe the next time you come face to face with Africanized bees.
What Do Killer Bees Look Like?
It can be somewhat difficult to identify Africanized bees from your ordinary honey bee. They look very similar to one another. Both of them have the classic furry little bodies and both play a key role in pollinating plants. There isn’t much difference in the sting either. The main difference you will find between the two is their behavior. Africanized bees are much more aggressive than honey bees. They are more likely to actually pursue a human to sting them. Shockingly, they have been known to chase after someone for up to a quarter mile in pursuit of a sting.
What to Do if a Swarm of Bees is Near You
These bees will do whatever it takes to ensure their nest is safe. They are very protective and don’t take threats lightly. They patrol their nest using a much larger perimeter than other bees and often choose to attack with little to no warning. It doesn’t take more than even approaching their nest for an attack to happen. If you hear buzzing and find the source, get away as quickly as possible. The only thing you can do when you find a nest full of Africanized bees is to run. That’s your only line of defense against these aggressive insects.
Check Your Property for Nests
While other bees build their nests in trees and bushes, Africanized bees will build their nests in much different places. They like to build in places like overturned flower pots, old tires and even inside walls, to name a few. They build their nests at a fast rate, so you need to be checking your property often to be sure they haven’t congregated somewhere. One key to remember, if you find a nest anywhere on your land, you should never try to remove it on your own. These bees will attack you in an instant and they sting in great numbers. If you see them, run and don’t stop until you have found shelter. As long as you are outside in an open space, they will continue to hunt you down.
Africanized Bee, Honey Bee & Nest Inspections, Control & Removal in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego Counties, California
If you happen to find an Africanized bee nest or any other bee or wasp nest on your property, never attempt to get rid of it on your own. Reporting feral nests is one important way to stop the spread of Africanized killer bees. The experts at Animal Pest Management Services, Inc. has the experience and training to successfully and safely remove any bee or wasp nest from your property. Call us today!