Re: Dealing with AHB in Arizona?
First off - there is and has been African genes in the southwest for a long time. That's just how it is. Requeen them if they have traits you don't like. Don't let them re-queen themselves past the second generation - give them a new queen. our ferals aren't so bad, but every so often you run across some with strong Brazilian traits. they are mostly just runny wild bees in my area. Very hard to kill them - you can basically neglect their hive and they thrive.
I have a special yard I take my removals too where i surround them with nice well behaved bees. They typical do calm down after a while and after I give them a virgin to mate out.
Ralph3 - I do agree with you for the most part about AHB being hyped up garbage. The AMM were definitely worse. Though the AHB are basically turning into a new version of AMM as the move north. There IS Brazilian AHB, but they are mostly down in mexico. The ones we get up north are not really the same.
NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees - locally adapted Southern Rocky Mountain honeybees.