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African Honey Bees Found In Georgia

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Africanized honeybees (AHB) – sometimes called “killer bees” – became established in Texas in 1990 and have spread to other states, now including Georgia.

 

The Africanized honeybee is related to our state’s familiar honeybee (the European honeybee) that produces honey and pollinates our crops.  The two types of bees look the same and their behavior is similar in some respects.  Each bee can sting only once, and there is no difference between Africanized honeybee venom and that of a European honeybee.  However, Africanized honeybees are less predictable and more aggressive than European honeybees.  They are more likely to defend a greater area around their nest, respond faster and in greater numbers than European honeybees. 

 

In other words, you’re more likely to get stung around Africanized honeybees than European ones, but learning about AHB and taking certain precautions can lower your risk of being stung.

 

Tips to remember:

 

Africanized Honeybees

 

Nest sites include empty boxes, cans, buckets, or other containers; old tires; infrequently used vehicles; lumber piles; holes and cavities in fences, trees, or the ground; sheds, garages, and other outbuildings; and low decks or spaces under buildings. 

 

General Precautions

 

As a general rule, stay away from all honeybee swarms and colonies.  If you encounter bees, get away quickly.  If you get stung, try to protect your face and eyes as much as possible and run away from the area.  Take shelter in a car or building.  Hiding in water or thick brush does not offer enough protection.  Do not stand and swat at the bees; this will only cause them to sting.

 

What to Do if Stung

 

Don’t Forget!

Hives of European honeybees managed by beekeepers play an important part in our lives.  These bees are necessary for the pollination of many crops.  One-third of our diet relies on honeybee pollination.

 

If European honeybees were eliminated in an area, Africanized honeybees would quickly fill the gap.

 

Finally, people can coexist with the Africanized honeybee by learning about the bee and its habits, supporting beekeeping efforts, and taking a few precautions.


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