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BCPD Informer
by John Chase, Sergeant
Boulder City Police Department

Bee Aware



Africanized honey bees (AHB) landed in the United States in the early 1990’s after a forty year pilgrimage from Brazil. Scientists in Brazil were looking for a more robust bee for agricultural purposes when a bee worker inadvertently let some of the bees go. The first AHB hive in the United States was located in Rio Grande, Texas; since then, they have migrated north and west, landing in Nevada nearly a decade ago. The police department receives dozens of calls each year for these migrating pests.

Oftentimes, the department is notified when a large hive of Africanized honey bees are on the move, or they have temporarily found a place to roost – oftentimes, a tree. The AHB, while in transition from their old hive to a new location, can be quite docile; however, beware they can become very aggressive quickly.

The AHB is a much more aggressive bee compared to the European honey bee. They are much more protective of their hive and will defend their hive with a vengeance. I have been stung a few times by the AHB on various bee calls and they seem to sting a bit more and their friends seem to be close behind and ready for action as well.

This begets the question, what is the best way to co-exist with these bees and what should I do if I see a swarm of bees? First, the best way to co-exist with bees, simply put is, “Don’t swat the hornets’ nest.” Give them space and keep your pets inside – they will move on shortly. If you begin to see a fair amount of bee activity in and around your yard, proceed with caution to see if you can locate the hive, and if found, contact your pest control company for advice and possible extermination. If the hive is on City property, please give us a call.

Lastly, if you are allergic to bee stings, you should pay particular attention to your surroundings to ensure the AHB does not take up residence in your yard – (squatters rights still apply to bee hives). Don’t try to tackle this hive on your own; seek the assistance of the professionals – you will be glad you did!

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ntil next month, “bee” safe!




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