The Truth About Africanized Honey Bees
Africanized Honey Bees have been discovered in numerous locations throughout South Florida. Vulcan Pest Control has been trained at the FPMA Africanized Honey Bee Symposium and understands the potential dangers and safety precautions necessary.
- Africanized honey bees (AHB) are the same species as European honey bees (EHB).
- The sting of the AHB is not more dangerous or toxic than EHB.
- You cannot tell an AHB from EHB by looking at them.
- If Attacked, run out of harms way.
Though it is easy to understand someone’s initial reaction to become frightened and swat at a bee or other insect, it’s extremely important not to do this with AHB’s. This action may provoke the bees even more.
What Makes Africanized Honey Bees So Dangerous
Bees release an “alarm pheromone” after they sting, which signals others to come attack. In the case of AHB’s this could mean almost the entire hive. If you get stung, move away from the area immediately and find shelter in a building or car. It is better to be inside with 10-50 bees rather than outside with thousands.
If no such shelter is immediately available, run away in a zig zag pattern or through tall bushes; it may help to confuse the bees.
AHB’s fly approximately 12-15 mph, so most of us can outrun them. Run as far as you can since Africanized Honey Bees will continue their chase for up to ¼ mile.
Do not try to hide in water. They can remain in the area for 30 minutes or longer.
Stings to the chest or lower extremities are less severe than those suffered to the head or face. Therefore, make sure you cover your head and face while escaping. Try to find a towel or blanket. If you don’t have any of those, use a shirt or jacket.
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