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Honey bees are lucky; they're the only bees with hairy eyes. They've also got big, flat feet, so they don't make much of a dance partner either. Africanized honey bees, though nearly identical, are a tougher strain — hard at work from dawn to dusk producing more honey. They're also aggressive.
While native to Europe and Asia, the honey bee was introduced to the U.S. to make honey. The Africanized honey bee (aka "killer bee") was brought to South America from Africa, eventually made its way to the U.S., and is well noted throughout the Southwest.
Expect crowding: colonies can consist of 20,000-80,000 citizens. Nests are made in trees, wall voids, sheltered areas, and Africanized honey bees even nest underground.
Naturally - honey. Along with flower nectar and a food made from pollen called "bee bread"
Pigeons are of great medical concern because more than 50 diseases and ectoparasites are associated with them, which leads to their description by non-romantics as flying rodents. Pigeon nests and droppings will also lead to dermestid beetles, flies, clothes moths, and stored product pest infestations within buildings.
Honey bees are actually quite friendly and beneficial, though they don't sing or dance. They make honey and wax, and pollinate trees which produce flowers and seeds.
They are defensive and not likely to attack unless provoked, and generally only to protect their hive. However, as most people know, stings can be painful, even severe, especially in light of an allergic reaction. Do not rub or scratch the area but remove the barbed stinger with fingernail or knife blade, and clean. Africanized honey bees, on the other hand, are much more aggressive, and likely to attack in the presence of loud noise and vibration (power equipments-tractors and lawn mowers, etc.) as well as large, dark objects moving within 50-150 feet. Take care with these bees; they may even pursue up to 300 feet.CCB
Honey bees get in through cracks and can even build nests in walls. Remove any white clover or flowering weeds, and keep away from food, water, and sugary substances.
As Africanized honey bees are extremely identical to honey bees, always exercise caution when approaching or treating the honey bee species.
Should you suspect Africanized honey bees due to aggressive behavior, consult a professional exterminator or beekeeper. Poor application techniques risk aggravating the bees; applicator and others may be stung. Most cases are a result of the bees' swarming during the spring, by which process the bees reproduce. Often the swarm will 'rest' at a tree branch for a few hours and then move on. Monitor bee activity to determine if their residence will become permanent. If nesting in a tree, professional beekeepers can remove them. However, if they nest inside a structure they are harder to remove and may need to be exterminated by a professional, who is much better (and more safely) equipped with bee-suits and other materials. Once control has been achieved, entrances to a structure should be sealed if a nest was made there. If the bees have been in the structure for a long time, honey removal is required or else staining may occur and other insects or rodents may be attracted. If you decide to make an application to control the insects, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions, and precautions.
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