Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by indy2tall, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. indy2tall

    indy2tall LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have any of you, while mowing, had an unpleasant encounter with Africanized Honey Bees (aka Killer Bees)? Do you take any precautions? Dying from an attack is still quite rare but non lethal attacks are becoming much more common.
  2. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Bees are bees, we have had much training and safety meetings about them. The only difference between regular and the Africanized (besides the ones you can see with a microscope) is they start chasing you sooner, chase you farther and wait longer for you to come out of wherever you hide. No big deal just don't get near a hive, but that is the same with any bees. Think of them as bees on cocaine with more patience.

    We have had some animals and a couple of people die from attacks over the last 6-8 years. In regards to the people it was kind of the Darwin thinning of the heard. ;) The cases I remember with the people they were trying to get rid of a hive on their own with sticks and aerosol cans. :hammerhead:
  3. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 570

    Just read in the local San Antonio paper a few weeks ago about a man killed by bees that are suspected to be the Africanized variety. How the bee attack came about should make us all a bit uneasy. He was MOWING and bumped a shed that the bees apparently were living in. They swarmed him and he was unable to make it to safety before dying.

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