The threat of Africanized honeybees, or killer bees, is expected to spread northward in Arkansas from the southwestern corner of the state so in effort to battle the insects the state has started training emergency workers.
The bees' presence was confirmed in Miller and Lafayette counties last April, but the state Plant Board considers nine more counties along the southern and western border to be at risk as well.
Sunday, nearly 50 emergency workers from 10 Arkansas jurisdictions gathered at Lake Hamilton to learn more about the emerging threat. According to the Plant Board, the bees are much more aggressive than the common European honeybee.
Derrell Reynolds, who was stung by one of the bees and is deputy coordinator of the Miller County Emergency Management Agency, said workers have found that unscented Dawn dishwashing detergent has been their most effective spray to knock out a bee swarm.
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