Flight of the Living Dead
Honeybees are one of the most beneficial insects in the world. In America, honeybees are responsible for 80% of all insect pollination, pollinating about 1/3 of American agricultural crops. Honeybees often have to face extreme temperatures, infestations, and plant viruses, but they may now be facing a new plague.
A parasitic fly, called Apocephalus Borealis, has been laying eggs inside of common honeybees. These “zombie flies”, as they are sometimes called, turn the bees into unwilling hosts of the fly’s maggots which lead to the eventual slow and painful death of the honeybee. This process can take a few weeks and as it progresses the bee starts exhibiting odd behavior such as jerky flight, disorientation and abandoning the hive at night. Eventually, the maggots erupt from the host honeybees’ body. John Hafernik, a bee expert at San Francisco State University said, “It’s sort of a combination of zombies and aliens mixed together.”
Although scientists do not think there is a significant threat to honeybees at this time, infected “Zombees” have been found in California, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and recently in Vermont.
Regardless of what kind of bee they may be, spring time is quickly approaching and bee populations will become active again soon. If you have unwanted honeybees near your home or business, don’t hesitate to call The Local Guys at Woodland-Davis Termite and Pest Control for a free inspection! We can confirm there is a hive being established and then provide referrals for qualified bee relocation experts to ensure your family is safe from any threatening pests.