bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, March 15, 2004

Killer bees lose their sting in post 9/11 America

More than ten years after the arrival of killer bees in the USA, there are signs that mainstream media is treating the africanized bee as an annoyance rather than a lethal threat. The Los Angeles County Vector Control has closed its killer bee service. The spokeswoman almost sounded disappointed:
“We had to discontinue our Africanized honeybee service because ... they are not considered a significant public health risk,” said district spokeswoman Stephanie Miladin. “About 80 percent of our bees are now Africanized. They're here and they're here to stay and we have to learn how to live with them.”
Nonetheless, despite a serious lack of stinging incidents, some Santa Clarita residents are having holes cut in their houses to remove bee nests.


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