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Police: 80,000 Africanized killer bees found at St. Pete home, dogs attacked

Police: 80,000 Africanized killer bees found at St. Pete home, dogs attacked

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) – St. Petersburg police are standing by a home on 23rd Avenue South after they said 80,000 Africanized killer bees were found, and some attacked two dogs near there.

Officers said they were called to the scene for two pit bull dogs that were attacked on the 600 block of 23rd Avenue South.

When they arrived, officers said they found the two dogs out in the street. They said one was alive, but had numerous bee stings. The second dog, according to police, was found dead after being stung nearly 100 times. The surviving dog was taken to a veterinarian, according to police, but it's not clear at this time as to whether it will survive.

Police said a bee expert responded to the scene and has determined that a colony of Africanized killer bees is located in the attic of a home on 23rd Avenue South. Police said he also indicated that at this time it would not be advisable to attempt to spray the bees as this might agitate the colony, so he’ll return early tomorrow morning.

Police said they have positioned officers around the house as a precaution to keep pedestrian activity to a minimum around the residence until the extermination is completed.

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More about Africanized Honey Bees:

According to the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the African Honey Bee is much different than the European Honey Bee, which pollinates crops providing one-third of our daily diet.

The service’s web site state’s typically an EHB hive will swarm once every 12 months, but the AHB may swarm as often as every six weeks. This means you’re more likely to encounter a swarm.

Researchers state that known AHB nesting locations include water meter boxes, metal utility poles, cement blocks, junk piles, and house eaves.

Researchers also note the Africanized honey bee is extremely protective of their hive and brood. So, keep away, at least 100 feet.

Researchers advice on what to do if attacked; Run away quickly and try to protect your face. Do not stop running until you reach shelter, such as a vehicle or building, not water. Do not swat at the bees or flail your arms. Bees are attracted to movement. Do not pull stingers out with tweezers or your fingers. This will only squeeze more venom into the wound. Instead, scrape the stinger out sideways using your fingernail, the edge of a credit card, a dull knife blade or other straight-edged object.

They also state if you have been stung more than 15 times, or are feeling ill, or if you have any reason to believe you may be allergic to bee stings, seek medical attention immediately. The average person can safely tolerate 10 stings per pound of body weight. This means that although 500 stings can kill a child, the average adult could withstand more than 1100 stings.

Map shows the spread of AHB:

http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=11059&page=6

 

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