Africanized Honey Bee Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from Africanized honey bees by learning techniques for identification and control.

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How do I get rid of Africanized honey bees?

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Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage Africanized honey bees and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique treatment program for your situation.

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Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Africanized Honey Bees

Appearance

Africanized honey bees resemble other honey bees because they are the result of breeding bees from southern Africa with local Brazilian honey bees. When a group of Brazilian scientists imported bees from southern Africa in the hopes of breeding a bee adaptable to tropical conditions, several escaped and bred with local honey bees.

Habitat

Africanized honey bees are highly adaptive and can nest in varying locations, including places where humans reside. When natural nesting locations are unavailable, they will nest in:

  • Containers

  • Empty boxes

  • Garages

  • Old vehicles and tires

  • Trees

  • Underground and outside of buildings

Geographic Range

After their spread through South America, Africanized honey bees entered the United States via the southern region of Texas in the early 1990s. Colonies then swarmed to other areas, such as Arizona and California. Today, the bees have spread to many states of the southern U.S.

They will migrate when they experience a food shortage around their hives or if their hives are disturbed by a human. Africanized honey bees are unable to survive harsh conditions, such as excessive cold or extremely dry climates.

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