Some people are familiar with the invasive insect pests known as “Africanized honey bees”, and just about everyone in the United States has heard of “killer bees”. These two common nicknames are used interchangeably to refer to the offspring of European honey bees and African honey bees. Unlike the common European honey bee, the highly aggressive African honey bee, which was documented for the first time in Texas back in 1990, cannot tolerate the United States’ temperate climate well, so the invasive African bee maintains a habitat only within the hot southwestern and southeastern states during the warmer seasons.
Unfortunately, African bees constantly invade European honey bee nests in the southern states in order to produce hybrid specimens that are better adapted to surviving within non-native North American conditions. These hybrid bees are referred to as “Africanized honey bees” and “killer bees”. The former nickname obviously indicates the hybrid bee’s native lineage, while the latter nickname aptly refers to the hybrid bee’s natural penchant for attacking, and sometimes killing humans during the spring and summer months in the south.
For the past three decades, killer bees have been wreaking havoc and causing numerous human deaths in the southern US every year, particularly in Texas and Arizona. For example, killer bees have caused large-scale traffic accidents, housing collapses, medical emergencies, structural infestations, and as already mentioned, numerous human deaths each year in Texas alone. Six years ago, an Austin man made a poor choice to remove a killer bee nest from within his home without professional assistance. Unsurprisingly, this DYI pest control method resulted in a disaster that nearly took several lives.
During the summer of 2013, a resident discovered a large and active beehive within an obscured area of his home. Rather than calling a pest control professional to address the bee infestation, the man attempted to eradicate the bees himself by sucking the insects into a vacuum cleaner. Needless to say, this gesture further angered the already hostile bees, as the man was posing a clear threat to the queen bee that had been nesting within the hive. In a matter of seconds, a massive swarm of killer bees emerged from the nest and began inflicting repeated stings on the homeowner. In a rush to find quick medical assistance, the man jumped into his car and drove himself to the nearest hospital. Sadly, the man did not make it, as he lost control of his car in response to a severe allergic reaction caused by the killer bee stings. Due to the man’s consequent loss of consciousness, he hit a pedestrian with his car before causing a massive multi-vehicle traffic accident that ended with him crashing into a residential house. In retrospect, the man likely regretted his effort to save money on a pest control service bill. Injuries incurred from this incident could have been severe. If you’ve ever been involved in a road accident, you likely will want to seek legal assistance with your case and approach professionals like the Wilshire Law Firm.
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