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'Killer bees' in Bradenton home nearby school

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Posted at 7:00 AM, Sep 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-22 19:44:10-04

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Indian Springs Homeowners Association in Bradenton is warning residents to limit outdoor activities because of a nest of Africanized bees in the area.

The nest is behind a house that sits near King Middle School, at 7604 4th Avenue Drive NW.  School officials have requested that the bees be removed.  Bee removal was scheduled for Wednesday, but due to rain, was delayed until Thursday. They are going to try again at 7:45 p.m. to remove the bees.

Africanized bees are often called "killer bees" because of the overwhelming swarms that attack if a nest is disturbed.

According to the Smithsonian Institution, the Africanized bees were created in 1950s.  In 1956, African Honey Bees were first imported to Brazil for cross-breeding with local honey bee populations.  Then in 1957, 26 African queens, along with swarms of European worker bees escaped and formed hybrid populations with European Honey Bees.  Since then, they have spread northward, creating colonies in parts of the United States.