Protecting Yourself Against Killer Bees?

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Some of the pests in and around your home may seem harmless. Have you overlooked a few ants here and there or signs that a mouse has visited your food pantry through the night? These pests may seem harmless enough, but in reality, they could lead to serious problems in your home. Our blog will show you some of the potential risks of ignoring pests in and around your home. You will learn what pests to eliminate immediately and tips for doing so without putting yourself or your family at risk of any harmful effects of poisons and the traps used to get rid of the pests.

Protecting Yourself Against Killer Bees?

11 April 2016
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For years, news stories have documented the migration of so-called "killer bees" or "Africanized bees." This species is found in the southern United States and is quite aggressive. Throughout the afflicted areas, there are approximately 40 instances each year that result in fatalities. Although these figures are frightening, you can protect yourself from these and other bee attacks.


Most bees are only dangerous to those who have an allergy. Honey bees, for instance, only attack when they feel threatened. Even then, only a small percentage of the hive will strike. When killer bees feel threatened, the entire hive attacks, meaning you could be stung hundreds if not thousands of times. In fact, the sky can be blackened with bees that are all after the same prey. Their individual stings are no more dangerous than a honey bee's but the sheer number of stings can be deadly. 


You can take steps to prevent all bee stings, but you should be warier of killer bees. They look a great deal like the honey bee but their behavior is different. It's perfectly normal for your flower beds or swimming pool to have several dozen honey bees flitting around. However, if you notice hundreds of bees together, you should worry. Do not delay, but immediately ask for help. Contact pest control professionals for an evaluation of the risk. They can tell you if the bees are Africanized bees and what steps need to be taken to control the risk. 


Your behavior can help prevent bee stings. Experts suggest that you avoid wearing bright colors outside and be careful with your sweetened drinks. Bees will flock to you under these conditions, upping your chances of being stung.  If you find yourself near bees, you need to stay calm as you slowly remove yourself from the area. Don't slap at them because then they will sting you. Once you've been stung, you must leave the area because other bees can smell the venom and are likely to come and join in on the attack. All of these steps are even more important when you are dealing with killer bees. 

The honey bee is relatively harmless unless you have an allergy to their stings. Killer bees are completely different. Their aggressive nature and sheer numbers can overwhelm anyone, sometimes actually killing them. If you notice unusual bee activity, call in pest control professionals like Bee Serious LLC. No one should attempt to control killer bees on their own.