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More killer bee attacks in Phoenix

Posted: August 2, 2012 at 9:45 am   /   by

Some experts don’t like the term “killer bees,” as it evokes B-horror movies about giant ants, marauding tomatoes, or blobs that ate things. But honestly, what else does one call the africanized honeybee? After all, they swarm and kill.

We had an infestation occur on a tree in the neighbor’s yard when we lived near 39th Ave. and Cactus. I noticed a lot of bees swarming about our yard, so I asked my wife and toddler to stay inside, and then I went out and cautiously peeked over the wall. Sure enough, the tree was covered, over a two-foot stretch of the trunk, by what appeared to be thousands of them. It looked like someone had wrapped a thick black blanket around the trunk several times.

I knew right away what it was and hastened my way back inside. We called the neighbors, they called the experts, and no one got hurt. But not everyone is so lucky:

Being vigilant can save your life, or your child’s life, or that of a pet. Keep your eyes open!

Christopher Cook
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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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More killer bee attacks in Phoenix