Helpful Tips for Avoiding and Escaping Killer Bees

Helpful Tips for Avoiding and Escaping Killer Bees


Killer bees are a hybrid species that comes from the crossbreeding of western honey bees with East African lowland honey bees. These bees first appeared in South America and slowly migrated northward. In 1985, they were first found in the United States. Since then, killer bees have become a significant problem in the Southern United States---and Arizona is a state where killer bees are especially prevalent.

When the bees are looking for a new place to live, it's called a swarm. Usually, a swarm minds its own business and doesn't pose a major threat. But when the swarm finds a place for its new hive, it will defend that hive very aggressively and can potentially kill humans and pets. So if killer bees have decided that your property is their new home, you'll want to take measures to eliminate your safety risk. In such a situation, a reputable pest control professional can be very helpful.

What to Do if You're Attacked by Killer Bees:

  • Run as fast as you can. Bees will follow you for up to ¼ mile. But if you can keep up your fastest speed for that long, you may be able to escape a severe outcome. If they do get within arms-length, you do not want to swat them. This will only make them more aggressive.
  • Get indoors ASAP. While the bees may follow you inside, the bright lights and windows can disorient them and make it harder for them to navigate. If they're still attacking, get under a thick blanket and stay there until they leave.
  • Remove stingers. When a bee stings, its stinger stays in the skin. You can work the stinger loose by using a sideways motion to rake your fingernail across it. You could also try dragging a credit card across the stingers. It's best if you don't pinch the stinger, which could actually squeeze out more venom.

Tips for Preventing a Killer Bee Attack:

  • Stay far away. If you know or suspect that a killer bee hive is nearby, you'll want to give it a very wide berth. Killer bees are known to attack when there is a perceived threat within 100 feet of their hive.
  • Make your property undesirable to them. Some measures you can take to discourage killer bees from taking up residence on your property are putting screens on rain spouts, sealing cracks in exterior walls, and filling in any cavities on your trees.
  • Call in a killer bee removal expert. A pest control professional can come out to your property and eliminate your killer bee problem, giving you greater safety and peace of mind.

If you need pest control, be sure to get in touch with a reputable specialist. For killer bee removal in Phoenix, Glendale, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale, AZ, contact the experts at Eco-Logic Management at (480) 470-9005. Feel free to give Eco-Logic Management a call today to schedule an appointment!


Eco-Logic Management, Inc Blog
Posted: April 5, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ