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Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by jim314, Jun 2, 2013.
Yep, just a few miles south of us.
Beeracuda, have you come across what you would consider Africanized bees? I think I did last fall in a old water heater. The couple was wanting them removed. There where 3 differant entrances so I taped up two of them. They got very hot very quick. I told the couple I would come back the next day after they cooled down. The next day I parked 20 yards away from them and they swarmed me a soon I got out of the truck. I walked at least a 100 yards away and they were still all over me. The only thing I could do was get back in the truck and drive away with the windows down to blow them out. The water heater and bees are still there as far as I know.
I am new to beekeeping. I have less than two months under my belt, but it seems like everybody calls me about bees now. A friend recently called me about bees in a brush pile. I approached it very carefully and fully expected Africanized bees. They seemed to be docile, but for the most part unreachable.
I put out a swarm box and came back about 10 days later, not expecting to get anything. Of course, I didn't. What I did get, along with the land owner, was a sting at least 30 yards away. We were almost back to the Jeep and both of us got nailed. The land owner said he would just start a new brush pile, rather than burn that one.