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Africanized “Killer” Bees

Africanized “Killer” Bees are often mistaken for common European honeybees. The only way to tell the difference is by measuring their bodies and wings as “Killer” bees are generally larger than their European counterparts. Africanized Bees are more defensive and attack relentlessly if a threat is perceived. “Killer” bee venom is no more potent than European honeybees’, but because they attack in vastly larger numbers, the danger of “Killer” bee attacks is exponentially greater. If Africanized Bees are found in or around the home, a licensed professional should handle the removal process.


Other Identifying Features/Behaviors:

  • Barbed stingers which are torn off when bee tries to pull away.


  1. If attacked, run in a zigzag pattern and seek shelter in a home or vehicle..
  2. Before moving or disturbing items that may be infested, inspect items carefully for signs of infestation.
  3. When handling items that may house nests, wear long sleeves and heavy gloves.
  4. Because nests may be very large, and bees are extremely aggressive, contact a pest control service to address an infestation.