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Killer Bees Can Kill

   By: Keil Newman

Killer Bees

Late last spring, my neighbor rushed over to my house after watching a local news report. He rarely has anything to do in life, so he lives for local drama and situations. He wanted to warn me that killer bees had been spotted in our local area and were expected to start to reproduce. I assured him that I would be extra careful in my outside ventures and sent him on his merry way. After thinking about killer bees being spotted in my hometown, I decided that I didn't know enough about killer bees to be as concerned as I should be. I had no idea what a killer bee really was.

So, I did what I always do when I'm not educated about a certain topic and would like to be. I researched what exactly killer bees are all about. Much to my surprise, killer bees don't kill you instantly as soon as their stinger enters your skin. In fact, killer bees really don't possess venom any more poisonous than other honey bees that have existed in America for hundreds of years. Apparently, they are easy to disturb and quick to get annoyed, so avoiding them is pretty important. The simple sound of a lawn mower starting can irritate them to no end and they'll go to crazy extremes to find the source of the noise and attack not only the object but the person responsible for operating the object. If you're walking past a hive and they don't like the sound of your voice, you may find yourself being stalked by the so-called killer bees. What I found most interesting is that these killer bees really know how to hold a grudge. They can stay irritated for up to 24 hours! Which means that for 24 hours, those little killer bees want to seek as much revenge as they possibly can.

If you've ever been stung by a regular honey bee, you may have noticed that it was most likely alone. Killer bees tend to attack in larger groups and will chase you for quite some distances. Getting away from them can be quite a challenge unless you're able to get to shelter immediately.

If you're sitting inside of your house with several bee stings, it may make you feel a little bit better knowing that those killer bees are only able to sting once in their lifetime. If you happen to get stung by a female killer bee, perhaps it'll make you feel better knowing that she'll be dying soon after she stings you. It might not take the sting away, but knowing that you somehow got the final revenge may help to ease some of the annoying pain that they killer bees left for you as a souvenir.

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