AHB's -- Africanized Honey Bees in Arizona

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    AHB's -- the latest new acronym for people in the Southwest U.S. to worry about -- stands for Africanized Honey Bees. These are also known as killer bees.

    Since 1957 due to a major snafu (acronym for situation normal -- all fokked up) by an entomologist in Brazil, these bees have been marching northwards and into the U.S. They reached the southern U.S. border with Mexico in 1990, three decades later.

    On Thursday 3/30/2017 a swarm appeared on the field of the preseason MLB scrimmage game in Peoria, Arizona during the ninth inning. Players lay down on the grass so as to avoid the swarm which had begun massing on the field microphone behind home plate. It looked like a nuclear bomb drill from back in the early 1960's.

    Meanwhile the Colorado Rockies won the game 10 to 4 over the San Diego Padres.

    By lying down on the grass, the players and the umpire made themselves as small as possible so as not to attract the keen vision of the bees. This however is not a normal recommendation for anyone caught in a bee attack to do.

    Most people can outrun a bee attack, but it may require running several blocks. A block is normally about 100 yards long, which is about the length of an athletic field. So you may need to run a quarter of a mile to get away. A high school athlete can usually run a quarter of a mile in 2 minutes or less. And older person may take twice as long. The key is not to stop running, and then to duck indoors as soon as you have a chance.

    Jumping into a swimming pool is the worst thing you can do because the bees will just wait for you to surface, and then they will attack again.

    Most people can survive about 20 stings at once. Any more would likely require hospitalization and treatment for anaphylactic shock, which is the classic bee sting disease.

    Currently the bees have reached all the way north to the San Joaquin Valley short of Sacramento, California, and to the 3 southern counties of Utah, and all over Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, western Louisiana, and southern Florida. If you live in or visit these areas of the Nation then you need to be alert for the bees and if necessary take cover. Europeans or Asians visiting the U.S. need to be aware of this Brazilian plague here as well.

    I wrote this summary from the following 3 online articles. And I first saw the news report on CBSNews.com this morning.

    A massive swarm of bees sent Padres and Rockies players ducking for cover

    What You Need to Know About Killer Bees in Phoenix

    Africanized Honey Bees: Where Are They Now, and When Will They Arrive in North Carolina? | NC State Extension Publications
     
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    Comments? Experiences of your own? Thoughts?

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    And remember, a Fokker is a type of German airplane. FOKKER.jpg
     
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    And never confuse lie, lay, lain with lay, laid, laid.

    You lie, you lay, and you have lain.

    A chicken lays, laid, and has lain.

    Your teachers should have covered this with you in elementary school.

    So many things to think about and remember in the English language!
     
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    I take issue with the OP, they stung me about 50x one day. I didn't go into anaphylactic shock.

    However there was a lot of cussing and running.
     
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    Wow !!

    You're lucky then Marion Morrison !!

    Or else it was your first time ever being stung.

    Usually on the first experience you get away with it.

    It is later on that the reaction gets worse.
     
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    I'd been stung a few times before.

    I even stuck my swollen head up into my beehive afterwards to see if they reacted, they didn't.

    I have bees.

    The Africanized ones were elsewhere. They're easy to kill, hit them with bug spray at night.
     
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    I have found that gasoline in a spray bottle works better than canned bug spray.

    You spray the nest a few times before they figure out you are there, then you run like hell.

    Then you sneak back and toss a wooden match at them.

    They burn like Hell that way.

    Don't try this on your house though.
     

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