In our last article, we tackled a few characteristics of Africanized honey bees (AHBs). You’ve learned that though they look like European honey bees, they behave quite differently. You’ve also found out why they are referred to as “killer bees”. Now you can read more facts about AHBs that your Garden Grove wasp nest removal experts have prepared!
They were created in a lab
Africanized bees were created in a lab in Brazil in late 1950s. Biologist Warwick Kerr and his team were assigned to develop honey bees that could produce more honey in tropical conditions. They cross-bred strains from southern Africa and Europe.
The goal was to get the perfect combination of their positive traits: the prolific breeding and adaptation to warmer weather of the African honey bee and the high honey production of the European honey bee.
The newly created bees were, however, less effective and more aggressive. In fact, they produced about five times less honey than European honey bees. But that’s not all. Unfortunately, just like in a movie, the hybridized honey bees were accidentally released into the wilderness. These swarms then cross-bred with local bees and rapidly spread across the Americas.
They struggle in cooler climates
Africanized honey bees have inherited warm-weather loving African genes. They’ve proved highly adaptive to warmer climates, as well as more invasive and aggressive than their European counterparts.
AHBs have spread out quickly throughout the southern U.S. and South America. The expansion of Africanized bees was slower in the northern portion of North America because of their vulnerability to colder climate.
If you live in Orange County and encounter a swarm of honey bees, don’t panic. They are not likely to attack without provocation. Call reliable Garden Grove wasp nest removal professionals.
The infamous killer bee sting
AHBs produce venom that is not stronger than the venom of European honey bees. It just seems stronger because Africanized honey bees attack in groups, and they sting fast, in only three seconds. They are more easily agitated than their European counterparts and have a greater willingness to sting. Though they are not expert flyers, Africanized bees can pursue their prey for a quarter mile.
After stinging, AHBs release the chemical that notifies other colony members, calling for a collective attack. Keep in mind that Africanized bees live in colonies of up to 80,000 members.
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In Southern California, AHBs are commonplace. Keep in mind that attacks happen during the summer until they go dormant. If you spot a swarm of bees, stay away from it. Run from the area if you have to and avoid sheltering in enclosed spaces.
Then call Bee Busters, your trusted Garden Grove wasp nest removal professionals. For over three decades, we have been providing Orange County residents with bee removal and bee control services. We can handle any honeybee situation you may come across!