Expert warns Arizona residents to be aware of bees during warmer months

May 24, 2018, 4:11 AM
(Pixabay photo)
(Pixabay photo)

PHOENIX — Warmer weather is here to stay — and that means residents will have to pay attention to their indoor and outdoor space for bee hives.

People should assume any bees they encounter are “Africanized.” University of Arizona research said these are more unpredictable than domestic honeybees – and are much more aggressive too, especially when defending hives.

“They started in South America, and were brought over to increase the honey(bee) population in the 1950s,” said Dr. Frank LoVecchio, associate medical director of Banner Poison and Drug Information Center.

“Gradually they moved up. They seem to have stopped in Arizona.”

LoVecchio said there’s only one way to tell Africanized from domestic bees: “Their behavior. If I get envenomed by one bee and all of a sudden there’s a hundred bees on top of me — 200 bees on top of me — that’s usually the Africanized bee.”

It’s possible to die from bee stings, although no one knows how many will kill.

LoVecchio said it’s also important to remember the bees are defending their homes, a natural instinct of any creature. “Bees don’t like you messing with the hive,” he said.

If you suddenly encounter a swarm of bees, what can you do?

“What they really look for is your carbon dioxide, or the air that you exhale,” LoVecchio said. “The single best thing to do, if you can, is to outrun them.”

Hopping in the swimming pool may not be the answer, he said, because bees can and will wait for you as you emerge from the water. And upon getting out, your face and neck can be especially vulnerable to stings.

If you are stung by a bee and are concerned, call 9-1-1 or the Poison and Drug Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Yelp Photo)...

Celebrate National Barbecue Day with these metro Phoenix restaurants

It's the perfect day for barbecue lovers in metro Phoenix to indulge guilt-free. Here's where to eat for National Barbecue Day.
14 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Kris Mayes for Arizona)...
Kevin Stone

Democratic Arizona AG candidate says she wouldn’t prosecute abortion cases

Kris Mayes, Arizona’s lone Democratic candidate for attorney general, said she wouldn’t prosecute abortion cases if Roe vs. Wade gets overturned.
14 hours ago
(Best Buy Photo)...

Best Buy to convert store near Paradise Valley Mall into outlet

Big-box electronics retailer Best Buy announced plans to open an outlet store in Phoenix later this year.
14 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Lake Pleasant Regional Park)...

MCSO divers recover body of 18-year-old from Lake Pleasant

Authorities have recovered the body of swimmer who went under at Lake Pleasant near Peoria on Sunday.
14 hours ago
Dorothy Walls (Photo via Phoenix Police Department)...

Silver Alert issued for Phoenix woman with medical condition

A Silver Alert was issued early Monday for a Phoenix woman with cognitive problems, authorities said.
14 hours ago
(Dignity Health Photo)...

Gilbert couple welcomes quadruplets at Phoenix hospital following complex delivery

The Crandell family in Gilbert has grown by four after recently welcoming quadruplets at a Valley hospital and the babies are finally at home after spending 10 weeks in a nursery intensive care unit following a complex delivery.
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
(Twitter photo / Coco5)...

Suns star Devin Booker’s all-natural sports drink Coco5 perfect for any activity

Devin Booker is leading the Suns in pursuit of their first NBA championship while also working to provide people proper hydration with Coco5.

In Sonoran heat, prevent costly AC repairs with an annual tune-up

As winter has finally passed and the days are becoming warmer, now is a good time to be sure your AC unit is polished and ready to run.
Expert warns Arizona residents to be aware of bees during warmer months