Things You Should Know about Africanized Honey Bees, Part 1

img_africanized_bees - huntington beach wasp nest removalAfricanized Honey Bees (AHBs) can be quite defensive and unpredictable. They can be overprotective of their colony. They will not only fight to defend their nest but will also pursue anyone who jeopardizes their home. So if you spot these temperamental bees, call your trusted Huntington Beach wasp nest removal experts who also perform Africanized bee removal.

The reason for their aggressive temperament lies in their genes. The Africanized honey bee is actually a hybrid of a strain of honey bees from Africa, Apis mellifera scutellata. These Africanized bees have inherited many of the behavioral characteristics of their ancestors. African honey bees had to possess these traits in order to survive predators and harsh environmental factors in Africa.

If you want to find out more about these insects, keep on reading! We have prepared some interesting facts you should know about Africanized honey bees.

They look like European honey bees

Africanized honey bees differ from European honey bees in behavior but not in appearance, at least to the naked eye. Also, both Africanized and European bees produce honey, and create and live in identical colony structures.

Though AHBs are a bit smaller and darker, it is hard to distinguish them from European honey bees. Unless you are an expert and have access to a lab, the only way to determine if a bee is indeed an Africanized honey bee is to perform a DNA test. 

They behave differently from European honey bees

AHBs build their hives much faster than other bees and put more energy toward producing young. This is why they tend to focus on gathering pollen rather than nectar.

As you may know, honey is used to feed adult bees, while pollen is meant to feed the young. Also, Africanized honey bees evolved in an area with constant resource availability so they don’t have the same drive as EHBs to store large reserves of honey.

AHBs are highly adaptive little insects. If natural nesting locations are unavailable, they will nest in various locations, such as containers, garages, old vehicles, empty boxes, outside of buildings, etc.

AHBs will swarm more, travel farther, abandon or relocate their nests more often than their European counterparts. Although more vulnerable to cold winter conditions, Africanized bees out-compete European strains in warmer climates.

They are called “killer bees”

Africanized honey bees have earned the nickname “killer bees” because of a series of incidents after they entered the country in the 1990’s. However, their venom is no more dangerous than the venom of European honey bees. AHBs are notorious because they tend to attack in greater numbers and pursue any perceived threat.

For example, a potential threat may urge 10 to 20 European guard honey bees to go on a quest to protect their hive from an intruder. Depending on the severity of the threat, these honey bees would calm down within a few hours.

On the other hand, the same disturbance might cause thousands of Africanized guard honey bees to deal with the threat. They would fight vigorously and tirelessly, remaining agitated for up to 24 hours.

The ancestors of Africanized bees had to evolve numerous mechanisms for colony defense to fight extensive predators, such as animals, birds, and reptiles in Africa. The same mechanisms make Africanized bees dangerous for humans who find themselves on their way. If you happen to be one of them, avoid any confrontation, run and call Huntington Beach wasp nest removal company that offers Africanized bee removal in Orange County.

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Bees, including the Africanized hybrid bees, won’t attack without provocation. They certainly don’t fly around looking for people to sting. AHBs only respond much more aggressively to possible threats than other honey bees. If you are chased by Africanized bees, find shelter in a house or car and call Bee Busters, your reliable licensed bee removal company in Orange County.

We provide the most professional, well-trained bee removal operation in the county! Whether you need Africanized bee removal, Huntington Beach wasp nest removal, or honey bee removal and rescue, call us at (949) 625-4294 or (714) 731-1959 – today! Bee Busters will stop these pesky insects from invading your property!