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Africanized Bees

Africanized Bees Information


Africanized bees are approximately ½” in length, and are golden-yellow, or brown, with darker bands of brown appearing down their bodies.

Location and Behavior Patterns:

Africanized bees, also referred to as “killer bees”, are very distinctive because of their behavior patterns.  They are very aggressive bees, and they can detect danger from about 50 feet away.  This type of bee will attack if it feels threatened, and their sting can be very dangerous to people or to animals.  Their poison is toxic and can result in toxic poisoning, or even death, for the person or animal that is being attacked.  They tend to attack in very large numbers, and will continue to attack for a long period of time.  If you are being attacked, then professionals recommend that you get away as quickly as you can, and enclose yourself in a small space, in order to limit the number of bees that can get to you.  Medical attention needs to follow an attack by Africanized bees.

This type of bee is not too common in the state of Florida, but as with any type of bee like Bald Faced Hornet, it is best to keep your distance away from them and seek the help of a professional for eradication purposes.


A trained pest control specialist is best, in order to treat your property for a suspected Africanized bee problem.

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