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Africanized Honeybee

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 by pelican

Description

Africanized “killer” bees look so much like a regular honeybee that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. Africanized bees have different wing measurements than honeybees.

Pest Facts

Color: Golden yellow with darker bands of brown.

Legs: Six

Shape: Oval; bee shape

Size: 1/2 inches

Antennae: Yes

Flying: Yes

Region: AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX

Habits

These bees defend their colony and attack when threatened.

Habitat

Africanized bees have small colonies, so they can build nests in unique places. They have been known to live in tires, crates, boxes, and empty cars.

Threats

Their venom is no more dangerous than regular honeybees-they just tend to attack in greater numbers, which causes more danger to humans.

Prevention

Because of the aggressive nature of these pests and the enormity of their nests, a pest control professional or beekeeper must address an infestation. If you are chased by Africanized honeybees, run in a zig zag pattern and seek shelter in a house or car.

 

*FOR MORE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE AFRICANIZED HONEYBEE,

CHECK OUT DEREK ROACH’S LINK: http://www.propacificbee.com/infographic/AHB/infographic.php

 

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