What Happens if Africanized Killer Honey Bees Attack & Sting You in Sausalito, CA?

Africanized Killer Bees are dangerous stinging insects and are often confused with honeybees. They look so similar to honeybees, the only real way to tell the two apart is to measure their bodies. These bees are known to be so aggressive and with the excitement of the chase they will chase people for a quarter of a mile. At this time, we at Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay would like to take the opportunity to discuss killer bees in the Bay Area.

How to Identify Africanized Killer Bees

Africanized killer bees have darker bands of brown across their golden yellow oval bee shaped bodies. They measure in about ½ inch in length and have the standard six legs and antennae. Not only have they been discovered in California, but they are also terrorizing locals in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas.

Killer Bee Swarm Attack

In defense of their colony, when threatened, Africanized killer bees will aggressively attack. To feed the larvae and other members of the colony, the killer worker bees gather both pollen and nectar from flowers. They have the ability to build nests in unique places as the killer bees have small colonies. These bees are known to live in crates, boxes, tires, and empty cars. In comparison to other bees, Africanized killer bees are more aggressive, attack in larger groups, produce less honey and wax, despise sounds that are high-pitched, and swarm more frequently. They have a tendency to react to disturbance around the hive. After being disturbed, they can remain on high alert. If a bee stings, an alarm is sent by a banana smell they can detect. Killer bees will only attack if they perceive the colony is threatened, if they hear loud noises or smell strong odors or fragrances for example. They will typically seek to sting the ankles and face. When you run from them, be sure to keep your face covered. As slow flyers, healthy people can easily outrun them. Avoid other bystanders or the killer bees will begin attacking them as well.

What to Do in a Killer Bee Attack?

The venom of an Africanized killer bee is no more dangerous than regular honeybees. However, they are more of a threat to humans because they tend to attack in greater numbers. Because of their aggressive nature, the enormity of the nest, experts recommend that you run in a zig-zag pattern and seek shelter in a house or car if you are attacked by them. Whatever you do, do not jump in water, these bees are clever and will patiently wait for you to come up for air and attack you when you do.

Stinging Insect Control

Like any bee sting, if you should get stung, be sure to seek medical attention especially if you are or are not sure if you have an allergic reaction to their stings. Medical treatment can reduce systems and alleviate the pain of the stings. If you suspect killer bees on your property, call in the experts of Hydrex Pest Control of North Bay for safe and efficient removal. Our experts will use effective methods to ensure they are no longer a threat to you or your loved ones.


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4685 Scotts Valley Rd.
Lakeport, CA 95453
(800) 760-3028

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