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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Africanized "Killer" bees confirmed in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner confirms that Africanized "Killer" honey bees are now in Georgia. Read more for the steps you should take to protect yourself. 

“The Georgia Department of Agriculture is going to continue its trapping and monitoring of bee swarms to try to find where any Africanized honeybees are,” Irvin said. “We also want to educate people about what to do in case they encounter a colony of Africanized honeybees. Georgians can visit our website for more information. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service has a publication on Africanized honeybees that is available online and at extension offices.”

The Department of Agriculture says Georgians should remember that Africanized honeybees are very defensive of their hives, respond to threats quickly and sting in large numbers, can sense a threat 50 feet or more from nest, sense vibrations from power equipment 100 feet or more from their nest, will pursue a perceived threat for a quarter-mile or more, swarm frequently to establish new nests and nest in small cavities and sheltered areas.

Possible nest sites include empty boxes, cans, buckets or other containers; old tires or vehicles; lumber piles; holes in fences, trees or ground; sheds, garages and other outbuildings; and low decks or spaces under buildings.

Anyone attacked by killer bees should follow these steps: Do not stand and swat as that only invites more stings. Protect the face and eyes and run. Seek shelter in a car or building, and if a few bees follow, remember that it’s better to face a few in a protected area than thousands outside.

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