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AFRICANIZED HONEY BEES IN THE U.S.

Africanized Honey Bees are not native to the U.S. but they have made their presence known in the states of California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and recently Tennessee. Theses honey bees continue to migrate north but at a much slower rate than when they first were released in South America. Geographical barriers and climate deter their expansion in other areas of the country.

Generally, Africanized bees are not a threat if you keep your distance from a the hive and do not disturb the nest. It is recommended to remove any unwanted bee colonies nesting on private property and treat every bee hive as an Africanized one to ensure you are not harmed.

Below is the confirmed Africanized territories map (modeled after the USDA Africanized map) and some facts compiled together to illustrate the behaviors and differences of Africanized & European Honey Bees. Although, the physical appearances of these two bees are indistinguishable, you can see a drastic difference in their personality characteristics.

Biologist Warwick E. Kerr interbred honeybees from Europe and southern Africa to create the Africanized honeybee. In 1957, the hybrid bee was accidentally released in Brazil by a replacement beekeeper. Since then, the Africanized honeybee has invaded the US, occasionally encountered by bee removal companies.   The highly aggressive behavior of these bees has contributed to their debated alias of "killer bee".

Africanized Honeybees are
moving north at a rate of
100 - 300 miles per year.

A total of 2,460,000 Honeybee colonies in the United States
- 2007

2011-2012
2006-2010
2001-2005
1996-2000
1990-1995

PATROL
100
FT. RADIUS
For Disturbances
Around Hive

Africanized Honeybees
can deploy more than
1,000 stings when
responding to a disturbance.

European and Africanized Honeybees can only be distinguished by molecular or morphometric analysis.

FACT: Africanized Honeybees follow victims up to 440 yards, while European Honeybees follow for only 50 yards.

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