Africanized Honeybees Now in Georgia – What to Do

The Georgia Department of Agriculture announced in Oct, 2010 that Africanized honeybees had definitely been identified in Georgia (near Albany, in Dougherty County).

This means that it is even more important to support local beekeepers. Basically, the more European (domesticated and docile) bees are in an area, the less chance Africanized bees can live there.

Hobby beekeepers are knowledgeable about how to situate bees so as to minimize contact with neighbors who are allergic to stings and they understand how to spot changes in their bees that indicate Africanized bees might be present in an area.

Local beekeeping organizations

Department of Agriculture announcement

Understanding Africanized Bees

European honeybee (image courtesy of David Cappaert, bugwood.org)

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