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Old 03-10-2008, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I heard on the news last night that killer (Africanized) bees have possibly made it to Mississippi. Apparently they killed a dog and attacked an elderly man in Pascagoula.
Killer bees' in Pascagoula?
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I heard the same thing on the local news. It's just been a matter of time before the Africanized bees made their way north, especially with the relatively mild winters we've been having. If there's a good chance they may be in the area, be watchful with spring yard work. Motorized outdoor equipment-Lawn mowers, chain saws, leaf blowers, etc. can set them off.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:03 AM
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Location: Dallas, TX
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Africanized Honey Bees (aka "killer bees") have been in south Texas for 20 years, and the Dallas area for at least 5 or 6. They're already crossing over into Western La (around Shreveport and Lake Charles) and even SW Arkansas.

But they're NOT like what you see on TV. What you have to do is make sure all moderate sized cracks in your house are plugged up, get rid of any rotting trees or trees with hollows (i.e. that make good bird nests). If your house is on stilts, or is raised above the ground, keep a weather eye on those areas too. Any time you see bees come and go from a place, alert the fire department and/or your local state agric. dept. office (if the FD don't have protective suits, then notify someone who does).

Also, if you have firewood, completely cover them in tarpoleon or thick durable plastic, and be sure to seal ALL holes and openings. If you have long pipes laying about, cap them. In short, any cracks and crevices are places bees tend to like to hide (think of the same precautions you'd take to prevent snakebite, then apply them to above-ground objects).

The important thing: TV shows and movies TERRIBLY exaggerate the likelihood of being attacked by them. Even so, remember that things change over time, and we just have to adapt somehow.

ETA: A good news-oid site to follow their progress. Recent Killer Bee News Reported In The Media

BTW, the Pascagoula bees are NOT Africanized. BUT..they're already at Alexandria, LA (about 70 miles west of Natchez). In fact, the La Dept of Ag says they should cover most of the state by the end of the year ("at the Mississippi border by 2009")

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Old 03-21-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: northeast US
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There was Africanized killer bees in the area of central Texas Hill Country where I lived 15 years ago. That was Hays County. It wasn't that big of a deal. You just have to be more careful where there's signs of bees.

They're most easily agitated at the end of the afternoon because of the heat. I also heard after they've been in an area for awhile and mixed with local bees longer they get less aggressive. The rattlesnakes, scorpions, fire ants and chiggers were a lot worse.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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There are several of these bees in my backyard. they keep following me and my son when we go outside. I dont know what to think or do. my son cant even go out and play now because they keep following him around waiting for a chance to attack.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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I have never encountered killer bees, at least not that I know of. Mosquitoes and love bugs are a whole different story though...
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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ROTFL... apparently you can get a good deal on killer bees (at least according to google ads)

Killer Bees - Huge selection, great deals on Bees items.
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