Colorado

May 14, 2014 7:34 PM by Leah Kraus

Africanized bees are not yet a worry for southern Colorado

An aggressive type of bee has been discovered in western Colorado. Africanized honey bees were found 300 miles away in Palisade.

Africanized honey bees look just like European honey bees, but are very different. Even though they have similar venom, Africanized bees are more aggressive and attack in swarms.

The good news is that beekeepers say they're not a concern for southern Colorado at the moment.

Rebecca Sunderlin of Pikes Peak Beekeepers says because the Africanized bee comes from a warmer climate, its difficult for them to survive in a colder one. She adds that they would have a difficult time making it through the rocky mountains to our area.

However, some parents are concerned. Stanna Stone de rumpf says it worries her. "I have children that are small and we always are concerned about their safety."

Sunderlin says the best advice if you do see an africanized bee is to run away from it in a straight line and try to make it indoors as quick as possible.

Doctors tell news 5 that the best way to keep yourself safe from bees is to wear light colors, skip the fragrances, and wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts while hiking.

If you are allergic to bees, carry an epipen. Also be aware that there are treatments for bee allergies available. Consult your doctor for more information.

 

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