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Africanized Honey Bee (AHB) Update

October 4, 1990

More traps have been added to the PPQ trap line that runs from Sullivan City, Texas, to Rio Grande City, Texas. There are 257 traps in place in seven trap lines.

Janna Evans, with the office of Legislative and Public Affairs in Hyattsville, was in the Rio Grande Valley the week of September 24-28, 1990. During that time, she contacted schools, radio stations, TV stations, city managers, and county agents and presented to them information about APHIS trap lines, the
identification laboratory, and AHB.

Contact was made with the Harlingen and Brownsville School Districts. A request was made to include honey bees in their science classes. The Harlingen School District has designated the week of November 12-16, 1990, as “Bee Awareness Week.”

During that week, local beekeepers and the AHB Program Manager will visit the local schools to give presentations and answer questions related to bees, AHB’s, and the traps.

The Brownsville School District will video tape “special messages” targeted to children from Kindergarten to seventh grades. Why the traps are in the field, to leave them alone, and what to expect after the AHB arrives will be emphasized.

A positive AHB find was reported from Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. This is the first AHB find in Nuevo Leon. The town of Linares is located about 120 miles southwest of Rio Grande City and approximately 75 miles east of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The State of Tamaulipas has established a trap line from Nuevo Laredo to Cd. Mier, Tamaulipas, which parallels the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

SOURCE: Elba Quintero, Africanized Honey Bee, Program Manager, APHIS (512)427-8527