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African Killer Bees An Experiment Gone Bad Now in US With Recent Attacks in Florida

Updated on April 4, 2012

Sometimes You Just Don't Know Until It's Hits Next Door

Normally African killer bees would not really be a topic I would write about, but with 3 attacks that I am aware of, two locally and one very close to where I grew up, it definitely peaked my interest and a need for further investigation.

Where Did The African Killer Bees Come From?

I'm not going to get in a big dissertation of how it all began (you can watch the 3 min video) but in short in Brazil they bred European bees who were very docile, with African bees to increase honey production and ended up with a very aggressive breed of bees. An experiment that went wrong without a doubt. The problem is some of these bees escaped from Brazil and now are literally endangering the natural habitat of the rain forests, and have also made there way into the southwestern US as well as other areas..

These bees are easily agitated and will attack almost anything from humans, dogs, horses, pigs, etc. In the 09/15/2011 video you can see the news story of the bees attacking and killing a 1000 hog and putting an 800lb pregnant pig into a coma on a farm in Arizona. Considering the thickness of their skins and the fat layer this is quite amazing and shows just how aggressive they are stated the excavator. .He also went on to comment this is the most aggressive he has seen the bees in the last ten years he's been doing this.

This Is the Mobile Home Where they Took Away 6 Large Trash Bags of Bees You Can See Just How Close They Were

The house where they took away the bees.  The fence post is the property line.
The house where they took away the bees. The fence post is the property line.
The results of the controlled burn behind my house.
The results of the controlled burn behind my house.

The Local Attacks

One of the attacks was just three lots from my house as you can see in the picture and landed the gentleman in the hospital for three days, (March 2012) being stung over 350 times. He told me how he was moving the house with the tractor to get ready for the controlled burn and they attacked, chasing him as he got off the tractor to run for the road for help. Thank the big guy upstairs there was a trooper who had someone pulled over and observed the swarm, getting help there fast enough to save his life. The exterminator and remover of the bees stated there were bees in the hundreds of thousands and together with a removal just a half a mile away from a house that was vacant, in the millions.

The other attack was 30 minutes away (Nov 2011) where a woman was stung over 300 times and ended up in the hospital. The last was also in Nov 2011 and resulted in the death of a 49 yr old gentleman who fell off of a chair while attempting to remove the killer bees himself.and was attacked. He was doing renovations to the home which had been in the family since 1924 according to The Miami Herald.. The home was said to have over 60,000 bees according to Willie Skarloff who runs a bee eradication company.

Then when I looked to see if how Pete was attacked recently had been in the paper or on the news and it wasn't, I realized a lot of attacks are never even made public With these recent attacks and his stern warnings and detailed story of the horrifying experience, added to a controlled burn behind my house just a week ago there was a definite need to be more observant

The Killer Bee


Killer Bee Extermination and Removal or DIY

Please if you find a bee hive while gardening, remodeling your house, on a playground, or in the park DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE IT Depending on the size of the hive, the amount of bees and what type of bees, get a professional killer bee exterminator who will take care of everything including the removal. Be observant about your surroundings and remember if they are in a roof, attic, hole, etc and you cannot see the entire hive there is probably a lot more there than meets the eye.

There are several websites out there explaining DIY methods for the removal of these bees but I would beg you to ride on the side of caution, it's obviously not worth the risk

Now don't panic they say it takes approximately 500 stings to kill a person and I don't know about you but I'm not taking any chances. One bee sting is enough for me and I don't even like that..

Have an incredible day and take care.


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      It is scary! At the last house my mother owned before my husband, mother and I moved in together where my husband and I continue to live, she had to have a bee removal person eradicate a bee hive from her house. The young man who was mowing her lawn got stung and alerted her. It was in a corner of her house and the guy who moved the hive said that they were not killer bees but were very aggressive none-the-less. They were building their hive between the walls of the house and had gotten in through eaves of the house.

      You are right...that is SURELY an experiment gone horribly wrong.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and will share.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy I just love it when you stop by. Your right about the scary part and I'm one of those "Cowgirl Tough" type women, but when I hear a horsefly buzzing around my ear I'm checking to see if it's just that (not that I like horseflies yuck) Little to close to home for me. Thanks for your wonderful comments and example of how to stay on your toes, votes and sharing. Take Care.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Charlu,

      I came here on Peggy W.'s recommendation and am glad I did because you have given us some very important information.

      This is a really scary scenario and I didn't know these type of bees had come to Florida.

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Happyboomernurse I will have to thank Peggy who is a phenomenal writer. I didn't know either until last week when I found out about the attack just a few lots over. Then when I did some research it was everywhere and so recent I was in shock. Thanks for stopping by and your wonderful comments. Take Care

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      thanks for the information on these killer bees. They are something to be concerned about as you work around your home. I hope they publish the information on these happenings more readily as it will help us to keep aware of the migration.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Teaches12345 Thank you for stopping by and I agree they need to publicize it so people are aware of the areas they are in so they can be more observant. Thanks again and take care

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, I'm from Florida and also didn't realize the problem was so prevalent here. We did have friends who had an exterminator come in their home for bugs when they moved in and a sticky liquid started dripping out of the ceiling. It was honey and it was discovered that there was a massive bee hive in the walls and ceiling of their home. this was in Orlando. Not killer bees, but a huge problem for them nontheless. Thanks for the info. Following and voted up.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi TripleAMom Thanks so much for taking the time to share your friends story and thank goodness it wasn't killer bees and they got an exterminator. I can't imagine a sticky substance dripping from my ceiling even if it was honey. Thanks again for your sharing, comments, follow and votes. Take care and be safe

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      This is really scary. I had no idea it had become a problem. Stay safe!

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Ali Thanks for stopping by. Believe me I didn't have a clue and I am with you on the scary part. I think what amazes me the most is the fact that one would assume (so not a good word) they'd want the public to know to be more observant in certain areas. Thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to share Take Care.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, it's good to know there are experts in the removal of killer bees. What sad stories about those who've been attacked. Good information and thank you for the warning!

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      Charlu 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Vespawoolf Thanks for stopping by and I am also glad they have experts, because I assure you if I see any that's who I'm calling. I was talking to someone who was at the trailer the other day and they said he was so swollen you couldn't even begin to tell who it was. I can't imagine. Thanks again and take care.

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