POSTED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:53am
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Africanized killer bees are a problem in South Texas. But help could be on the way.
Scientists are trying to cross-breed Africanized bees with their less aggressive cousins - honey bees - to make them less likely to sting.
The best way to get away from killer bees is to find shelter. Jumping into water doesn't work and running away isn't a good option either.
"Both of these actually emit an alarm pheromone, which is a communication chemical that sets the hive off into an attack mode," said Rod Summy, an associate profesor of biology at UTPA. "People who disturb the hives, they end up getting stung a thousand, two thousand times."
Dr. Summy said you should not start any loud machinery around bees; like lawnmowers and motorcycles. Call a bee expert if you see a lot of them.