The Africanized Honeybee came to the Western Hemisphere as part of a Brazilian scientists plan to create a new hybrid bee by breeding together the western honeybee with the African bee. The reason for this breeding was to create a strain of honeybee that would be able to produce more honey to bolster the honey industry in Brazil and other South American countries. After several years of breeding the scientist in question was able to increase honey production there in Brazil extensively. While the western honeybee is generally docile and is just fine around humans, its African counterpart is extremely aggressive and will viciously attack humans and animals that come near the hive. While several South American countries were able to increase honey production due to the fast-flying, efficient nature of the African honeybees, over the past four decades these hybrids have spread north into many countries of the northern hemisphere including Mexico and the United States. Eventually we will Africanized bee activity across the entire span of the United States. Because of the aggressive nature of these hybrid bees and their ability to sting humans, we can expect to see a rise in attacks on humans and because of this, it is advisable to learn as much about these potential threats as possible to avoid being literally stung to death if attacked.
If you happen to find a beehive on your property it is highly recommended to call a professional beekeeper to come remove the infestation. Lonestar Specialty (http://www.beeremovalaustin.org) can remove the beehive as well as the threat of the bees attacking any humans. No one should go near an active beehive other than a professional registered beekeeper for the sake of safety, and the fact that only a professional beekeeper will be able to distinguish a normal beehive from an Africanized one. If you or a family member is allergic to bee stings it is extremely important to call a bee removal specialist immediately to have the hive removed safely without putting your family in harm’s way. The beekeeper will come to your home with special equipment that will keep him or her safe from the danger of stings and these specialists are trained and have experience in working with aggressive bees.
Most bees are very docile and bees are responsible for a huge part of our agricultural system here in this country, according to research one out of every three mouthfuls of food that you consume are the result of the natural pollination done by bees in their efforts to make honey. Bees are a wonderful part of our world and the vast majority of the time are extremely helpful to us, but being prepared for what could happen is always a safe bet.