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Are Africanized Killer Bees As Dangerous As They Seem?

Author : Stephen Daniels

Despite their name, individual Africanized bees are no more dangerous than the common European honey bee. They have been dubbed "killer bees" because, in swarms, they are much more aggressive and remain agitated for a much longer period, up to 24 hours and they will pursue their targets for a greater distance.

Africanized bees will build colonies almost anywhere, even in non-natural structures, so to avoid danger to yourself and others; effective eco-responsible bee removal is the recommended method to deal with the insect.

These "menaces" were first introduced in Brazil in the mid-20th century. They began mating with local bee populations, eventually spreading throughout South America, and are now moving into the North American continent. Due to cross breeding, the modern-day killer bee is actually a hybrid of African and European species. They got their nickname as a result of their short temper and tendency to swarm, even at the slightest provocation. They have been known to attack, even when the hive is not threatened. For example, the vibration from a weed eater could cause aggression towards anyone nearby.

Among the greatest misconceptions about Africanized bees is that their venom is poisonous and that they will sting repeatedly. In fact, their sting is no more poisonous than a European honey bee and each bee stings only once. They will, however, pursue victims for a greater distance, and their colony may stay agitated for up to 24 hours.

Getting rid of bees properly is important, yet myths about bee removal continue to persist. It is commonly thought that limiting blossoming flowers or trees will diminish the population of killer bees. Since they build colonies inside virtually any man-made structure, eliminating pollinating plants will not help. Sealing up a hive is ineffective as well, as they can dig through stucco or drywall. It is also thought that removing the presence of pheromones will prevent new populations from arriving, but it is actually the smell of honey that attracts them.

Competent bee removal services are essential. Bees are a vital part of the ecosystem, so the best type of removal is environmentally responsible. Considering that Africanized bees are attracted to the scent of honey and that the average colony contains 50 or more pounds of it, complete removal of the hive is the most effective way to diminish the presence of the insect. Moreover, bee-proofing structures rather than sealing hives in is the best method for keeping colonies out in the first place.

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Stephen Daniels is an SEO 2.0 researcher for a variety of industries. He highly recommends professional bee removers Bee Catchers for humane and eco-friendly bee and insect removal in the LA metro area. Their experienced technicians provide immediate service 7 days a week, and have over 15 years experience in insect removal and relocation.

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