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Bees and Wasps
AFRICANIZED "KILLER" BEES
Africanized "Killer" Bee
  • Color: Golden-yellow with darker bands of brown

  • Legs: 6

  • Shape: Oval, bee shape

  • Size: 1/2 inch

  • Antennae: Yes

  • Region: Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico

Africanized "killer" bees look so much like a regular honey bee that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. A dangerous stinging insect, Africanized bees have different wing measurements than honey bees.

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

Africanized killer bee venom is no more dangerous than regular honey bees. They just tend to attack in greater numbers, which causes more danger to humans.

PREVENTION TIPS

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

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