Africanized Honey Bees Are Still on the Move

March 6, 2006 |

k11072-1iIn 2005, Africanized honey bees showed up for the first time in Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida. An updated map showing the spread of Africanized honey bees by county and state has been posted on the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) website.

The arrival in Florida was not contiguous with the bees’ spread from the Southwest. It was most likely a result of human-assisted transport, by which trucks, ships, railroad cars or other types of transportation inadvertently bring Africanized honey bees into new areas.

Usually, human-assisted transport finds are not considered part of Africanized honey bees’ spread. But because they have been found in 14 counties, the state of Florida now considers Africanized honey bees to be established there.

The ARS Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Ariz., is responsible for official identifications of Africanized honey bees, especially when the bees are found in new states. Additional information about ARS research on Africanized honey bees can be accessed at

Among ARS’ recent research accomplishments related to the bees is new guidance for beekeepers on the best time to requeen hives to reverse Africanization of honey bee colonies. Queens of known genetics, from reputable breeders, should be introduced into hives in the fall to give them the best chance of being accepted by the bee colony.

ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific research agency.

From ARS

3 Responses to Africanized Honey Bees Are Still on the Move

  1. Tanya August 11, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    HELP! My husband and I were getting ready to go to the camp. We have a tree line on the west end of our property. We threw an empty beer box on the ground next to the trees and after about 5 minutes noticed a large swarm of bees attacking the box. This is the second time that we have had bees on our property. We live on the Bayou Bank of Plaquemine Bayou in PLaquemine, La. Last year we had a problem with bees in the ground near our dock. We got rid of them by burning the hole several times.
    This is scary because we have 2 young children who could possiby be attacked by the bees. I need some advice on what to do about them if we find them again.
    If anyone can tell us an economical way to deal with them I would appreciate it.

    The Taylor’s

  2. Anonymous March 20, 2007 at 2:39 pm #

    There has been a suggestion that beeks will capture swarms of testy bees and re-queen with gentle ones. Then all of her children would carry good bee traits.
    There is something called supercedure–where the Africanized bees kill the queen and produce one with their genes……so.
    They are great party goers–they move into a hive / rough everybody up / empty the frig / sexup a new queen and then split for the next adventure.
    There’s a fella in Bisby selling
    “Killer Bee Honey”. Sales are good.

  3. Anonymous March 19, 2007 at 6:24 am #

    Can you tell me what they are doing to get rid of the Africanized Honey Bees??? And how far they have gotten threw the United States?

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