Spring is Coming and Africanized Killer Bees are in Neighborhoods

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Spring is Coming so Watch out for Africanized Killer Bees 

Killer Bees

This week in Indian Wells, CA, firefighters had to be dispatched as a 71 year old woman who lived in a gated community was being attacked by killer bees as she was getting into her car. The other neighbors had run inside and shut their doors and windows and called 9-1-1. 

Firefighters called the owner of a  company called Killer Bee Inc., who volunteers his services to the county and has 40+ years experience with tending bees. He found 75,000 African Agreesive Bees in the underground Verizon box. He sucked them out and took him to his isolated business address and plans to keep them. He further stated that  "they make sweeter honey". 

The woman  (had over 1,000 bites on her) plus 5 firefighters all had to go to the hospital for bites. 

It was later discovered that a pesticide company had been out and sprayed the few bees they found but didn't realize there was a thriving hive of agressive bees. Apparently the spraying made the bees mad.

Killer Bees in Riverside County

Safety Reminders:

  • If you see a swarm of bees, call the fire dept. in your area. 
  • Do not wave your hands, scream at them, or spray them with canned pesticide.
  • If they are chasing you, running for cover is better because they will not stop stinging. 
  • If you see a few bees going in and out of a hole or vent in your home/garage attic, do not assume that spraying the few bees will take care of the problem. You could have a 30-80 pound hive of bees in your attic or wall of your home.
  • Call as soon as you see them as the problem can just get worse as they will not fly away.
  • If you get stung, be sure to get medical attention immediately.

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Tammie White, Broker
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How awful. Is this poor woman going to be alright? Very scary.

Mar 14, 2015 01:36 PM #1
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Yikes keller bees do not sound like something I would like to deal with.

Mar 14, 2015 01:39 PM #2
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While I know this is real I cannot hekp but laugh thinking of John Belushi and the skits they did decades ago about killer bees

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Certainly something to be careful around, fortunately these fellows do not seem to like our frigid winters.

Mar 14, 2015 03:42 PM #4
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There is little that strikes horror in my mind more than members of the insect or animal species that want to make a meal out of me, or attack.

I'm wondering if the bee keeper who took them would be responsible if his hive attacked and injured human beings.  Kind of like when someone is harmed by an unleashed Pit Bull.

I understand that Killer Bees are a non-native species.  And, I wonder if introducing them to our areas of the country, isn't causing more harm than good!

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Hopefully we do not see too many of these hives in Southern California.

Mar 16, 2015 02:11 AM #6
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Hi David Shamansky 

Yes though it is not a funny situation, the skits were funny. I had forgotten about them on SNL.

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Hi Bob Crane 

That is a good thing and hope they stay away from your area.

Mar 16, 2015 02:13 AM #8
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 

I had the same thoughts. At first I thought the article would say "He removed the bees and took them to a undisclosed place to dispose of them". But no instead he said he keeps them. I know we have a shortage of bees but who wants agressive bees. I have bees in my trees right now and they are busy little bees but no not bother me at all. 

Mar 16, 2015 02:16 AM #9
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Hi Tammie White 

I have not heard any updates as this week they are talking about the little kid who was bit by a rattlesnake. 

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Africanized killer bees? YIKES!! I thought this was something out of a science fiction novel but clearly it's for real.  While they may not be in the East yet Kristin, I am so glad you sent around these tips!

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Hi Joanna Cohlan 

They bred with the honey bee and become more agressive so you never know where you may come across them. Thanks for stopping and I sure hope they do not come to your area.

Mar 16, 2015 07:00 AM #12
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