AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's prime season for killer bees and thousands of these small and deadly insects can be living right in your backyard.
And as we have seen just this week , in three separate attacks, these tiny insects can pack a punch. Swarms can be as large as 150,000 bees.
While it's a sight you don't want to get close to; experts say there are some things you can do to protect yourself.
What a lot of people are unaware of is that bees are also a necessity for our food supply.
Keith Huddle of Keith's Bee Service explains: "There are actually colonies in China where they ha vent been able to keep bees and people are actually pollinating pears by hand."
Huddle works with bees every day when he removes large bee hives from people's back yards. He says there are things you can do to keep the bees at bay.
For example, it's best to keep large containers out of your back garden and stay calm once you do come across a large swarm of bees.
"It's all about pheromones and scents and they're very territorial. If you come to close, they can sense that just by your breathing because of the amount of CO2 in the air," said Huddle.
And experts say the bees should die off by October. The month of August can be a very dangerous month because bees are trying to produce as much honey as possible before winter sets in.
And if you do see even a couple bees it's a sign of a bigger problem and you should call an expert to check it out right away.
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