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Colonies Comprised Of Millions Of Killer Bees Have Invaded A Big City In Texas Where They Easily Gained Access To Homes

Colonies Comprised Of Millions Of Killer Bees Have Invaded A Big City In Texas Where They Easily Gained Access To Homes

Africanized honey bees are commonly referred to as “killer bees” and they have maintained an invasive presence within the United States for thirty years. There is a great deal of confusion concerning where in the United States killer bees were first discovered. Most publications and articles claim that killer bees first arrived in the US in 1990 in southeastern Texas, but a few other expert sources claim that killer bees were first discovered in the US in 1985 within southern California oil fields. To be precise, the first established killer bee colonies were discovered in 1990 in Texas. However, the first time individual killer bees were discovered in the US occurred in 1985 in California. While killer bees certainly reached the US during the 1980s, 1990 is the earliest known year in which killer bees had established an invasive presence within the US, as their colonies were found in Texas during this year.

During the first decade after the killer bees were introduced into the US, the bees were largely limited to southern California, Arizona and Texas. Now, killer bees have spread to 12 states, and this number will continue to increase. Considering that Texas is where the first killer bee colonies were found 30 years ago, it is not surprising that this aggressive and potentially deadly bee species still poses a significant public health threat to residents in the state to this day.

During April of 2018, killer bee colonies comprised of millions of individual bees swarmed the entire town of El Paso. Unfortunately, it did not take long for homes in the El Paso area to become heavily infested with the aptly named bees. A bee specialist in the city claimed that one particular resident, Elvia Murphy, may have had millions of killer bees infesting her home. Elvia noticed the bee presence behind the walls of her home three years ago, but now, the killer bee colony in her home has grown to threatening proportions. Bee specialists have attempted to remove killer bees from homes all over El Paso, but the results of these efforts proved to be largely worthless, as several specialists, and even a news reporter, sustained stings before giving up on their control strategy.

Have you ever found a bee nest that you thought belonged to killer bees?

 

 

 

 

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An Infestation Of 50,000 Bees Turned A Texas Home Into A Honey Palace

Not long ago, a study conducted by North Carolina researchers found that insects and spiders exist within all homes. While failing to keep sanitary living conditions will most certainly attract unwanted bugs, the study found that even the most immaculate homes contained sizable arthropod populations. Considering the results of this study, it is no wonder why insect and spider infestations within homes are so common. The term, “insect infestation” conjures up images of unsightly cockroaches, relentless bed bugs, and ant swarms that seem to come out of nowhere. But honey bees are not normally associated with insect infestations within homes. However, bee colonies often become overcrowded during the mid to late summer season. When this occurs, a sizable population of bees will ditch an overcrowded colony in order to establish a new nesting site elsewhere. Unfortunately, these temporarily homeless bees sometimes take up residence within the attics or behind the walls of residential homes. For example, a resident of Spring discovered that she had an infestation consisting of 50,000 honey bees hidden above her ceiling and behind the walls of her home. The woman did not notice any signs of her numerous honey bee roommates until honey started to literally drip down the sides of her walls, turning her house into a honey pot.

After hiring workers to renovate her roof, Latanja Lavine was told that honey bees had been swarming out of a hole on her roof, and work could not begin until the bees were no longer deemed a threat to the construction crew. Lavine then hired a professional to plug the hole, at which point the construction crew began renovations. Within a day, Lavine could not help but to notice massive amounts of honey dripping down her walls where it formed puddles on her floor. While Lavine struggled to mop the sticky substance off of the floor, a pest control crew smoked the honey bee colony out, which consisted of approximately 50,000 honey bees. According to Lavine, the bees had been swarming everywhere, and the pest controllers were unable to locate the queen, indicating that a new colony could take form within her home in the future, but nobody has heard from Lavine since.

Have you ever found one or more bees within your home?

 

 

 

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A Teenager’s Muscles Rapidly Broke Down After Sustaining 700 Stings From Killer Bees

Africanized honey bees, or killer bees, pose a significant public health threat in South America, Central America, Mexico and the southwest United States. In the country of Brazil, where American killer bee populations originated over 70 years ago, nearly 14,000 killer bee incidents occurred during 2015, of these incidents, 39 human deaths were recorded. The toxins that are present within killer bee venom can lead to a host of severe medical conditions, many of which are life threatening. Killer bee venom is unique in that it causes sting victims to sometimes develop lesions on their internal organs. For example, a 13 year old developed a condition that entails the rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle fibers in response to sustaining 700 stings from killer bees.

The toxic effects of killer bee venom can cause multiple organ dysfunction and even failure in people who sustain numerous stings. Although all honey bee venom has the potential to cause this effect if doses are high enough, Africanized honey bee stings are almost always the cause of multiorgan dysfunction in sting victims. After falling victim to a swarm of killer bees, the 13 year old boy developed intense swelling in his upper body. Tests showed that the boy developed a life-threatening condition known as “rhabdomyolysis” in response to the numerous stings that he sustained. This condition sees the rapid breakdown of muscle fibers, and consequently, the dead muscle debris makes its way into the bloodstream, often resulting in interrupted kidney and liver functioning or possible kidney or liver failure. This condition was also documented in 5 people who sustained numerous Africanized bee stings in Brazil. Despite receiving aggressive multi-drug treatments, three of the five patients died nearly 24 hours after sustaining the stings. Unfortunately, there does not yet exist any reliable antivenom or specific therapy to address massive envenomations by killer bees.

Do you actively fear falling victim to Africanized bee attacks?

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How Many Bee Stings Does It Take To Kill A Human?

How Many Bee Stings Does It Take To Kill A Human? And What Is The Record For The Highest Number Of Bee Stings Sustained By An Individual?

The number of bee stings that can be sustained before dying from an allergic reaction to the venom or from the toxic effects of venom vary significantly depending on the individual. People who have an allergy to insect venom can die from anaphylactic shock from just one single bee sting. However, an adult that does not have an allergy to insect venom can sustain hundreds or even thousands of stings without dying from the venom’s toxic effects. Amazingly, one man survived a total of 1,200 bee stings in Texas a few years back while another adult male died after sustaining a mere 98 stings. Obviously, neither one of these men were allergic to insect venom, but the significant disparity between the number of bites each man sustained illustrates how the effects of insect venom vary from person to person. While it may seem impossible to survive thousands of bee stings, it should be known that the above described bee attack survivor was 65 years old when he sustained 1,200 bee stings, and the Guinness Book of World Records describes a man who survived more than twice as many bee stings as the 65 year old.

Back in 1962, Johann Relleke survived a bee attack that saw 2,443 stingers removed from his body. Surviving more bee stings than this is certainly not likely, as one recent bee attack victim who did not have a venom allergy died almost immediately after sustaining 3,000 bee stings. According to the Merck Manual, a human can sustain 10 bee stings for each pound of body weight. Therefore, the average adult should be able to survive around 1,000 bee stings, while a child could survive 500. The data concerning the greatest number of bee stings sustained by a victim that died, is not easy to find, but the number would be very high. One bee attack incident in Arizona five years ago saw the victim sustain 800,000 stings. The bee culprits in this case were Africanized honey bees, which are responsible for several attacks on humans in Arizona each year.

Do you have a fear of bee or wasp stings?

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A Professional Race Car Driver Survives a Killer Bee Attack For the Second Time

NASCAR fans are probably familiar with the retired race car driver named A.J. Foyt. Foyt is considered by many to be the greatest race car driver of all time, as he won the Indianapolis 500 four times, as well as many other racing championships. Although Foyt’s profession has brought him close to death on multiple occasions, he considers the killer bee attack that he suffered last spring to be the most terrifying and dangerous of all his experiences, and this is really saying something considering that he is currently 83 years old.Amazingly, this recent killer bee attack is the second one that he has survived, as he was attacked by killer bees back in 2005 as well.

Both of Foyt’s two near-death experiences with killer bees occurred in similar circumstances. In each case, Foyt had been operating a bulldozer on hisTexas ranch, but his most recent run in with killer bees occurred as a result of bumping his bulldozer into a hive that was obscured within a tree’s foliage.According to Foyt, the bees suddenly appeared like a big cloud, and they did not hesitate to attack. Once Foyt became aware of the bees’ presence, he too koff running from his tractor and toward a nearby swamp located on his property.Unfortunately, Foyt did not make it to the swamp, as he tripped and fell on the ground while running toward the small body of water. The very second Foyt hit the ground, the killer bees blanketed his entire body, stinging him numerous times. Foyt managed to get back up in order to make another run for the swamp, but the bees immobilized him with their stings before he could reach the water.It was at this point that Foyt became convinced that he was going to die, as numerous bees had been stinging him on every area of his body. Foyt remained immobile, hoping the bees would fly away, and to his astonishment, they did.Incredibly, Foyt survived, but a whopping 162 bee stingers were pulled from his excessively swollen skin.

Have you ever been forced to find refuge in a body of water in response to being pursued by stinging insects?