If you are dealing with a lot of buzzing about your property this might be the number one question in mind. The answer is a little more complicated than the question would suggest, but the brief response is they can be.
Some bees are naturally more aggressive than others, namely the Africanized honeybee. However, any bee which can sting is a threat to people who have allergies. A single sting can require immediate medical intervention and if you have someone in your home that matches this description, it is best to call professional pest management technicians immediately.
As noted above the AHB is a highly aggressive species and probably the one which poses the most danger to humans and animals. Some pest control professionals have reported dealing with infestations that have contributed to death in farm animals and/ or injury to people.
The problem is these bees are nearly indistinguishable from their European counterparts. Only significantly smaller in size Africanized honey bees are hard to identify from a physical perspective. Those who are familiar with bees will inform you the best way to identify them is through their behavior. AHB’s are a lot more aggressive than your average honeybee and will defend a larger area around the hive; in fact, they’ve been known to pursue an”intruder” up to a mile!
There are lots of diverse strains of bees, and a few seldom if ever sting a human or animal. In years past you might often find a beekeeper who would come on your property and get rid of the hive and bees, free of charge, but since AHB’s have come to town, not to mention disorder and other issues facing beekeepers it’s less likely today.
If you’ve discovered bees in or around your house and you are concerned about family members, call in a professional pest management firm. In some cases, they will merely remove the offending bees (such is often the case with carpenter bees) and other times they will utilize pesticides to eradicate truly dangerous bees. With a pest control company alleviates the burden of identifying and determining which bees in your yard are in fact dangerous.