Africanized Honey Bees

Africanized honey bees enjoy living in southern Nevada and like most of us, have no intention of leaving. They are firmly entrenched and not picky about home sites. You can find nests almost anywhere that affords them a place to colonize: garages, sheds, empty boxes, old cars and tires, holes in fences, buckets, lumber piles, spaces under buildings, trees, and a favorite locale, irrigation valve boxes. Africanized honey bees nest in places common to human activity and as is the case in an ever-growing number of neighborhoods in the western US, the possibility of eventually running into one of these aggressive neighbors is now greater than ever.


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Pest Description

Africanized Honey Bees Description

Africanized Honey Bees | Apis Mellifera

Color: Brown with Black Stripes
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented; Oval
Size: 19.050mm (3/4?)
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

Africanized Honey Bee Habits

Africanized honey bees (AHB) swarm frequently in search of new homes and while their primary purpose is to produce honey and pollinate crops, they will aggressively defend any perceived threat to their nest when in the process of homebuilding or raising young bees. Africanized honey bees also closely resemble their distant relatives, the European honey bees (EHB), which makes identification of new bees in your environment that much more critical. While all bees actively protect their nest when disturbed, the ferocity and tenacity exhibited by AHB in defense mode is what separates them from the more docile EHB.

Threats Posed by Africanized Honey Bee in Las Vegas

Africanized honey bees—also referred to as “Killer Bees”—have earned their reputation by virtue of the number of unfortunate encounters, which have ended badly for unwary trespassers into AHB territory. AHB are less predictable than EHB and will protect their nesting area for a much larger geographic area…faster and in larger numbers. AHB will pursue a perceived threat for ¼ mile and can sense a human or an animal for 50 feet or more from the nest. They can sense vibrations from power equipment 100 feet or more, which explains the unfortunate incidents that have occurred between the bees and people tending their lawns.

Africanized Honey Bee Prevention

Awareness is key to preventing and avoiding an attack from Africanized honey bees. When playing or working in a potential AHB area – practically anywhere outside – train yourself to continually listen for the distinct sound of buzzing bees. Use your vision as well to scan any areas that may harbor Africanized honey bees, such as sheds or outbuildings. It is important to remember AHB do not differentiate between people and pets. Protect them as you would protect yourself. If you have any doubts about the kind of bees you encounter, professional pest control consultants are expertly trained to identify and treat nesting Africanized honey bees.

Africanized Honey Bee Control

Africanized honey bees can pose problems for homeowners as they establish their nests on or around your property. The best way to eliminate Africanized honey bees and prevent future problems with them is through professional help. At Western Exterminator, our pest control professionals resolve Africanized honey bee infestations using a variety of different treatment techniques and eradication solutions.


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