There are many different species of bees found around the world, and many of the bees we deal with here in Arizona are considered social bees. This means that they work together in a hive structure, gathering together for foraging, mating, and defense.
As powerful and regular pollinators, honey bees play a critical role in Arizona’s ecosystem and agricultural production. And, of course, they produce some truly delicious honey. However, when bees build their hives near and around your home, they can be a danger to your family and pets. Venomous stings hurt and, in some cases, can provoke allergic reactions that are life-threatening. However, such instances are rare, and most normal bee stings are not considered lethal.
With all stings, the amount and duration matters. Most normal bees will not pursue those who disturb their nest very far, and do not sting vigorously as a swarm. However, Africanized Honeybees are far more aggressive, and have been known to chase an intruder who entered the zone around their hive up to a half-a-mile away. They can also sting in-mass, inflicting hundred or even thousands of stings. While they are not more venomous than average bees, the amount of stings can be enough to result, in rare cases, in fatalities, even amongst otherwise healthy human adults.
The best thing to do when you discover a hive or swarm on your property is to call AZ Best Pest immediately and stay away. Most bees will not attack unless otherwise provoked, and keeping yourself, children, and pets indoors until one of our professionals can arrive is often the best bet.