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Why did I choose this scary topic for the letter B? Because the AHB is moving into more populated areas -- or rather we are moving into the areas populated by AHB. One authority I read says that all the bees in Southern California are to some extent Africanized. You cannot tell the difference by looking at them, but they are much more easily aggravated and much more aggressive and persistent when it comes to guarding their colonies.
Mostly I used to read about attacks in Texas and Arizona, but just this past week, we had a news article telling of the death of two horses, and one man (separate incidents) killed by the bees and two people stung 40 -60 times who had to be hospitalized. All this took place about a half hour down the road from where I live. I won't bore you with a lot of information about how they came to BE, because you can easily look it up on the web and there's plenty of information. However, there was one page I read that pooh-poohs the whole idea, but don't be mistaken, they are real, and sensible precautions should be taken.
However, I liken it somewhat to living with rattle snakes. They're there, but the average person doesn't see much of them. Just be wise when you are in their habitat.
I started putting out grape jelly to attract the orioles in our area, but now I'm thinking maybe that wasn't such a good idea. There are always two or three bees on it or near it -- but then they also like our water fountain. The bees are mainly dangerous when they are swarming, so stay inside or in your car when you see bees swarming.
A few weeks ago a BEE came down our chimney into the living room. It was probably a scout looking for a place to colonize. Fortunately we were home and swiftly lit the gas log fire to send them away (and killed the one that had wandered down the chimney). We have seen no signs of colonizing in our yard.
BEES are a good and necessary creature but let caution be the better part of valor.
There is So much more to read about these bees, so if you are affected, do look them up on GOOGLE.
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