Africanized bees can be found throughout southern California and have integrated into the environment with amazing success. Africanized bees are virtually identical visually to the native European bee, and are often far more aggressive. This being the case, it is imperative that bee swarms and hives located on commercial properties be addressed immediately upon discovery. Africanized bees pose a significant risk to people and animals and have at times been responsible for the death of individuals who found themselves exposed to these dangerous insects.
Often, bees can enter building defects and establish a hive in an out-of-the-way location such as parapet walls, and building soffits. There is the potential of significant damage to the building along with the danger of the bees themselves. Bees can produce copious amounts of honey in a relatively short period of time. It is essential that the honey and comb be removed by a certified professional along with making the hive location inhospitable and sealing up any entry points.