Entomologists confirmed the presence of Africanized honey bees in a Palisade orchard in 2014. The bees were discovered by the owner of the orchard, who was attacked and stung while working on the hives with his standard protective gear.
Africanized honey bees are much more aggressive than our native bees here in Colorado. This aggressive behavior is what gives these bees their common name “killer bees”. It was originally thought that our temperatures get cold and stay cold for too long for these tropical insects. The hive that was found and destroyed is related to known hive activity originating from Texas.
There have been no Africanized honey bees found in northern Colorado to date. Caution is always recommended when dealing with stinging insects, even the more docile ones.
It is the time of year when the stinging insects are waking up, and our pest control experts at Integrated Pest Management can help keep you and your family safe this summer.