Why are water meters becoming the to-die-for bee crib of choice? Killer Bees, that's why!
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You see, Killer Bees (African, Africanized Honey Bees, or AHB) are simply a different sub-species, or race of the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera. Yes these are 'kissin cousins' of the gentle honey producer races of honey bees that we keep in our white boxes.
Killer Bees are now spreading throughout Florida, and they seem to really like living close to the ground. (Ok, I am anthropomorphizing here, just a bit :-) ). Our nice honey producing races of Honey Bees almost never would inhabit such a small ground dwelling, prefering instead to live in places such as the voids of trees, walls of abandoned buildings, etc.
So, we can almost chart the spread of Killer Bees, by the number of water meter jobs we perform, and we do see much higher numbers the further south we go in the State. Right now, we are seeing Killer Bees as far north as Ocala, despite what is reported 'officially'..
Please, while it may seem like a good idea to perform live honey bee relocations from water meters, we find that these bees usually turn mean as fire as the colony matures in our white hive boxes. So, we usually eradicate these colonies, as the liability for a city utility is very siginificant and for a sting sensitive individual, only one sting is necessary to cause a fatality.
Need water meter bee removal in Florida? Call us, The Stinging Insect Experts at 1-800-343-5317 or ALLFloridaBeeRemoval.com
Richard Martyniak, M.SC., Entomologist
The Buzzkillers, LLC