Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Africanized bees in Fort Myers being moved


There's something abuzz off of McGregor Boulevard tonight. Most of it taking place up a tree behind a house.

A sign called it to our attention. It warns of Africanized bees, also known as killer bees.

High above this dying banyan tree something is swarming.

"They found a hole, probably a woodpeckers hole to go inside the tree and they made their own hive," said David Gatley, David's Bee Haven.

Bees abuzzin' are normally a good sign for Anne Tipton.

"I like honey, and I want to attract them," Tipton said.

But licensed beekeeper Gatley warns not these bees.

"They will actually boil out of the hive and attack people, dogs, anything," Gatley said.

Gatley says unlike their European counterparts, the Africanized bee also called the killer bee is ruthless.

"The threat is within feet, you don't have to go right up to the hive," he said.

The homeowner says he was never bothered by the bees, but because the tree could fall at any moment he called in the experts.

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