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Old 05-08-2013, 02:00 PM
Location: Tennessee
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People went to the hospital. This first one I read about today.

"A Tucson climber was found dead, hanging from a southern Arizona cliff in his hanging gear and covered with bee stings. Cause of death hasn't been determined yet, but officials say Johnson was covered with stings when he was found."

Ariz. climber found dead, covered with bee stings - New York News | NYC Breaking News

"The second bee attack was in the Tanque Verde and Wilmot area of Tucson's east side. The Tucson Fire Department responded to a call of a woman who was walking past the Golf n' Stuff when she was suddenly swarmed with bees. Tucson Fire says she was covered from head to toe in bees when they arrived and estimate that she had more than 200 stings."

Bee attacks send three people to the hospital | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

"This comes on the heels of an earlier attack that sent two others to the hospital Thursday morning. A bee specialist was working to remove a hive that had been growing inside a northwest Tucson resident's wall for nearly three years. The 200 pound hive was suddenly sent into a frenzy attacking neighbors that were outside at the time."

Bee attacks send three people to the hospital | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

"Phoenix Fire Department officials say a woman was hospitalized in serious condition after she was attacked by a swarm of bees Thursday morning near Thomas Road and 44th Street. Landscapers sprayed water on the woman in an attempt to help and firefighters treated the woman for multiple stings before she was taken to an emergency room."

Women injured in Phoenix and Tucson bee attacks

Does Arizona have a problem?
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:16 PM
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I've heard off and on about the spread of Africanized killer bees, which originated as an imported species that are particularly aggressive. Yes they are dangerous and yes they've spread quite a bit since their introduction to the Americas.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:40 AM
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Africanized bees are pretty scary. I have read that their stings are no more painful or venomous than a honey bee sting, but they are very extreme with territoriality and defense of their nest. I also recall reading that they will swarm more readily than native honey bees, chase you for up to a mile and will hover over water waiting for you if you jump in. As with other bees, they release pheromones to chemically tag you for attack, unlike wasps and hornets. Stinging insects will sting when nests are disturbed until the threat either 1) leaves the area or 2) is neutralized. It seems to me that the Africanized bees go exclusively for the latter. They only sting once and die, like other honey bees, but since their swarms are larger and more aggressive, the overall number of potential stings is frightening. I would hate to stir a nest of them. One person's account of being chased for 3/4 mile before getting into his car and having them all over his windows and windshield (along with a dozen or so on his clothing) is scary enough for me.

IIRC the African bees were first interbred with native honey bees in Brazil, anticipating that the hybrid would be more productive than the native honey bee. They escaped in Brazil and have been making their way up the Americas since.

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Old 05-10-2013, 10:49 AM
Location: Texas
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We usually have about 10 folks a year die from bees here. This is old news to us. But as the killer bees move north just like the drug cartels, folks will wake up to the fact people are dying out here and it could have been prevented.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:08 AM
Location: Northern CA
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I just got my first bee stings since I was a child, a long long time ago. I'm in N. California and have noticed that they like to hang around the periwinkle. I like bees, know they are in trouble, so am usually glad to see some in my yard, but periwinkle that's not blooming seems like an odd place.
Anyway, this morning I started watering the peri and they came at me and stung me twice. I dropped the hose, ran to the house and grabbed some tea tree oil. Thank God for that stuff, the pain started subsiding immediately. Recently my dog had gotten a wasp sting, so I had read up on natural remedies. These include apple cider vinegar, then space out 3 applications of lavender oil and/or chamomile (undiluted). That's what I used on him, and his swelling was almost gone the next day. If nothing else, keep Tea Tree handy.
As for the bees, I think their behavior was peculiar. How can watering be seen as an attack on them? I wouldn't say they swarmed me, but a bunch of them came at me, luckily they didn't follow me to the house.
I just see the spots, but no swelling or pain. It's been about 20 min.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:43 PM
Location: Lake Coeur D’Alene
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I loved living in AZ while I did but I don't miss the scary bugs and venomous things. We used to have an exterminator come once a month to check for bees and spray outside for black widows, etc.
Killer bees are just plain scary.
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