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Avoid Killer Bees

Africanized Honey Bees

How can I avoid an encounter with unfriendly Africanized honey bees?

Bees guarding hive entrance.

The best safety advice is to avoid an encounter with unfriendly Africanized bees. Be alert for danger. Remember that AHB sting to defend their colony, so be on the lookout for honey bee swarms and colonies.

  • Be alert for bees coming in and out of an opening such as a crack in a wall, or the hole in a utility box.

  • Listen for the hum of an active bee colony.

  • Look for bees in holes in the ground, holes in trees or cacti, and in sheds.

  • Be extra careful when moving junk that has been lying around.

  • Be alert for bees that are acting strangely. Quite often bees will display some preliminary defensive behavior before going into a full-fledged attack.

  • When you are outdoors, in a rural area, a park or wilderness reserve, be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for bees the way you would watch out for snakes and other natural dangers. Avoid hiking off established trails. Bring some bug spray, bee spray, a GPS, and your cell phone with you just in case.

  • Don't panic at the sight of a few bees foraging in the flowers. Bees are generally very docile as they go about their normal activities.

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