Africanized Bees on Attack in Arizona!

FOX 10 News – Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

A 4 year old Glendale, AZ girl is being dubbed a hero today after likely saving her grandmother’s life. Whitney Chrisman was watching television Tuesday morning when she noticed her Grandma Betty, outside, being attacked by a swarm of Africanized “killer” bees. Upon noticing the attack, little Whitney got help by pressing her grandma’s life-line call button.

“I talked to this thing that talked… I told her that grandma needed help,” she says. “They said help is on the way.”

Grandma Betty is in critical condition in an intensive care unit recovering from numerous stings all over her entire body. The facial stings were so bad they turned her mouth and tongue black.

The Africanized bees came from a beekeeper next door, who was illegally running a commercial business from his home. It took firefighter multiple hours to get the bee situation under control.

What Makes Africanized Bees So Dangerous?

  • Follow victims up to 440 yards, while honeybees will only follow for 50 yards
  • Ten times more likely to instigate an attack
  • Very quick to swarm
  • Very aggressive
  • Attack in greater numbers
  • More easily irritated
  • Only known way to stop an attack is to run through a corn field
  • When attacking, they prefer mouths, throats, ears, and noses

The only way to tell the difference between Africanized bees, and common European honeybees, is through molecular analysis. If you are having trouble with bees of any kind, contact your local pest control professional immediately!

For Mesa Area Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474

Bulwark Exterminating
10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
(623) 572-3016

2400 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
(623) 688-1885

For Phoenix Area Bee Removal

AAA Africanized Bee Removal Specialists, Inc.
2637 North 48th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 670-2222

Phoenix Bee Removal
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 612-1620

ASAP Bee Removal
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 464-1002

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