For immediate help 24 hours a day call the Ambush Pest Control Bee Hotline.
Killer bees are really Africanized Honey Bees. They have come by their "killer" nickname because they will viciously attack people or animals that unintentionally stray into their territory. The Africanized Honey Bee ("AHB") colony does not have to be disturbed to provoke the bees; even simple noises or vibrations have been known to cause an attack.The insects offspring have gradually moved northward and killed an estimated 1,000 people. Scientists say that while the Africanized bees are no more venomous than regular North American honeybees, they become agitated much more easily and stay angry longer.
If you discover a swarm or colony of bees
- AVOID THE AREA - Keep children and pets away from a swarm or colony
- NOTIFY Ambush Pest Control 24 HOUR BEE HOTLINE (702) 563-3505
If you are attacked by bees
- Try to outrun them, get inside a home or car.
- If you receive more than 10 or 12 stings, or notice any symptoms other than localized pain, itching or swelling, seek immediate medical attention.
- If the stingers are still in the skin, gently remove them with your fingernail, a credit card or blunt knife by scraping.
- Do not squeeze the stinger with your fingers or tweezers. The venom sac will still be attached, and if you squeeze it more venom will be injected.
- Apply cold compresses to relieve pain and swelling. Do not apply ice directly.
- Itching should subside within a few hours. If itching persists beyond a couple of days, or if you appear to be having some sort of allergic reaction, see a doctor.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include burning and itching, body swelling, body rash, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea, shock or unconsiousness.
- If you know that you are allergic to bee stings, consult your doctor about a preventative anti-venom first-aid kit.
- Never jump in a pool, they will wait for you to surface.
- If you see someone else being stung multiple times, call 9-1-1.