What San Diego Property Owners Should Know About Africanized Bees

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You've probably seen bees around your San Diego property before, and many of these species aren't as dangerous as you might think. Some bees are beneficial to the environment as they pollinate plants or even create honey. However, many bee species pose health risks. One of these bees is the Africanized bee, sometimes known as the Africanized killer bee.

While not as common as some of the stinging insects in San Diego, these bees are becoming more widespread. The Africanized bee is dangerous because they are known to chase people and act aggressively. Discover how to protect your property from Africanized bees from the San Diego pest control experts.

How To Identify An Africanized Bee

Despite their name, Africanized bees are actually from Brazil. However, they are a hybrid species created when African bees and local Brazilian bees reproduced. They were in South America in the 1950s, spreading since, and are today in Mexico and many parts of the United States. 

These bees look similar to other species in the area as they have six legs, fuzzy bodies, and a small stinger. They are a deep yellow color with brown bands.

It's nearly impossible to tell them apart from other honey bees unless you measure them, as Africanized bees are a bit smaller. These bees are a deep yellow color with brown bands.

Why Africanized Bees Are Dangerous

The name "killer" bees make this species sound extremely scary, posing health risks. But, it's still important to keep in mind that Africanized bees don't have any more potent venom than regular honey bees. The difference is in how aggressive the two species are. 

Africanized bees are more likely to attack and often work together to defend their nests. They will sting in groups so that you could be stung repeatedly. These bees are also susceptible to being disturbed. If they sense a human, they are much more likely to attack.

If an Africanized honeybee is chasing you, the best way to evade them is by running in a zigzag pattern and getting inside as quickly as possible. Some people react more strongly to being stung than others, so contact a healthcare professional if you experience severe allergic reactions.

Because these pests pose health risks, it's wise to try and keep Africanized bees away from your San Diego property. Like other bees, they like properties that have a lot of flowering plants as they are also pollinators. Strong scents from food or garbage can also draw them. Finally, these bees are attracted to areas with access to water sources. 

Factors That Attract Africanized Bees To Properties

The best way to prevent Africanized bees is to try and remove or reduce attractant factors. Our stinging insect control team suggests following these measures:

  • Put lids on trash cans.
  • Keep pet food stored inside.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints when outside.
  • Remove standing water from the property.
  • Make sure not to overplant flowering vegetation.

But, if you do see a bee infestation around your yard, the safest way to remove them is with help from our experts at Habitat Protection.

Call The Pros At The First Sign Of Africanized Bees

It's nearly impossible to tell Africanized bees apart from other honeybees without assistance from pest control experts. It's also highly unsafe to try and remove any bee colony on your own, as this is always when you're most likely to be stung. 

Call Habitat Protection today for safe and effective bee removal services.

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