I might be stepping on some toes, but I wanted to share my experiences and thoughts on Africanized bees in Southern California.
Link to my Blog ---> http://www.beerescuellc.com/2013/05/...ed-bees-today/
With all of the things in the world that we could be worrying about, how high up is the Africanized bee problem?
Having worked through the Africanized bees scare I can tell you that there was a time when the honey bees in San Diego and Orange County were ferociously wild and aggressive (stories include Jeff and John closing off an AM/PM Station while being attacked by 100,000 crazed bees – then removing 200lbs of honey), but that was then…
So, how about now?
If Africanized bees were important to us in a positive way, right now we’d be asking the question, “Where did they go?!” That’s right – after all of the hype, scary stories, and news reports about attacks on humans and animals (they do still happen, although very rarely), my opinion is that what we understood to be categorized as Africanized “Killer Bees” are now encountered so infrequently, that I think it is safe to lower the Alert Level from “DEFCON 2″ to “All Clear”. Some may say that almost all of the bees in Southern California now possess the Africanized genes, and I would have to agree with them, but as far as classifying them based on their behavior – I’d say that we are now dealing with a thinned-out hybridized strain that has lost A LOT of its aggression.
How friendly are these hybrid bees?
Here is my chance to convince you, so how do I plan on proving to you that the labeling of Africanized bees is now just an excuse for Pest Control companies to kill bees? Evidence: photographic and video. Follow our Instagram and Twitter feeds, like our Facebook page, or watch some entertaining videos on our YouTube Channel where you will see that we’ve become so comfortable with the bees in Southern California that we rarely wear beekeeper suits. Are we crazy? Perhaps, but the bees in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County are docile enough that we are confident in approaching and working with honey bee hives of unknown origin without the typical protection. Don’t believe me? See for yourself, and keep in mind there are still groups and individuals that are actually working towards enacting the statutory KILLING of all beehives of unknown origin (ask yourself; what’s their motivation?). Let’s spread the news that our honey bees – professionally kept or otherwise – are a vital and precious resource to our agriculture and our own welfare, and that the extermination of bee hives is egregious and shouldn’t be allowable.