Hero of the Hive Pt. 1

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 “All bees are born equal in the egg stage and in the larva stage. The only difference between a queen bee and a worker bee is the diet that gets fed to them,” says Beekeeper Luis Slayton.

Experts say that Aggressive bees and Domestic bees are practically indistinguishable. Upon first glance, their appearance appears the same, and their behavior is similar most of the time, however African Honey Bees are more like likely to attack.

Bee Expert and well known Allergy Professional Dr. William R. McKenna says, “Once you get that first sting, you are the target for the rest of them and that chemical is apparently very easy to identify from a distance with these bees and they go right to you.”

The most common source of attack is people unknowingly destroying a hive. This gets bees riled up and they come out to defend their home.

Truly Nolen Pest Control expert Daniel Gutierrez states, “We don’t really encounter killer bees as often now. I don’t think there is as many colonies in structures as there were back when there was more sensationalized.”     

Gutierrez says that is primarily due to bee breeding of Africanized and European bees.  

The best recommendation is to check the area before working outdoors. You are not likely to have a wall infested with bees unless the building has been abandoned for years in a rural area. But in the case you spot a colony here is three things you can do.

  • If you see no danger, you can call a beekeeper to remove them with no harm to the bees.
  • Call a pest control company to remove and likely kill the bees.
  • Contact your local authorities if bees are attacking you.
  • Do NOT attempt to remove bees on your own without experience and protection.

So what can someone do in a dangerous situation? Is the only thing you can do is run? You are not going to stay there and try to fight the bees right?

Dr. McKenna says, “You’d be surprised sometimes what happens with people, when they get overwhelmed.”

People may enter a state of shock when confronted with bees, this means they remain standing or flee.  If this happens take the victim to a protected area while wearing protection if possible.

“They all have one reason not to mess with them and that is the stinger at the end of the abdomen. Some folks can take more stings than others. The elderly and children can take less stings,” says Slayton.

There is a common myth; I don’t know how true it is, to jump in the water is that …

                “Horrible! That is a horrible thing to do,” says Dr. McKenna.

That’s the worst you can do?

                “I wouldn’t say it’s the worst you can do. But it is not… all you are going to do is limit the exposure to the bees at the moment you are under water. But as soon as you come to the surface the pheromone is still there. And they attack you,” continues McKenna.

If you are ever in a situation where you are attacked by bees, the best course of action is to run away into any type of enclosure such as a home or car. Don’t worry about the bees that follow you. That will limit the number of bees attacking from thousands to a few hundred.

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