How to Kill African Killer Bees

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How to Kill African Killer Bees
Killer bees are highly aggressive. (bee bees apises beehive hive insect image by Pali A from

Killer, or Africanised, bees are a large, aggressive species that was accidentally released in North America in the 1950s. Since then, these bees have made their living gathering pollen while terrorising people and killing native species of bees. If you have a swarm of killer bees in your area, take precautions and call an exterminator or get rid of them yourself.

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Things you need

  • Protective clothing
  • Rubber bands
  • Gloves
  • Baseball cap
  • Mosquito netting
  • Raid

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    Locate the killer bee hive. The only way to eradicate all the killer bees is to get rid of the entire colony at once. Look under the eaves or awnings of buildings, in walls and in dead trees. Use extreme caution, as these bees will swarm and attack.

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    Don protective clothing like loose sweats. Use rubber bands at your ankles and wrists to close up any openings where bees might crawl under your clothing to sting you. Don leather gloves to protect your hands. Wear a baseball cap and drape netting around your head and over your face.

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    Treat bee hives at night, when bees are inactive and less likely to attack you. Insert the nozzle of a can of Raid directly into the hive and empty the entire can into the colony to kill the bees.

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    Treat the colony again the next night, in the same manner, to ensure that you've killed all the bees in the colony.

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    Take the bee hive down and destroy it or bury it. This will discourage any future bee colonies from moving in and using the deserted hive.

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