Please note there have been no official reportings or pest finds of the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) in Orange County to this date.
To report any possible sightings of this pest or any possible invasive plant/pest in you area please contact the California Department of Food and Agriculture Report a Pest hotline at 1(800) 491-1899 or click here.
Africanized honey bees, nicknamed “killer bees” in the media, were documented in Orange County in March of 1999. All honey bees which are unmanaged or feral (living in the wild) could display “Africanized” traits due to hybridization with Africanized honey bees. The highly publicized northward migration of the Africanized honey bee has caused all of Southern California and much of the southwestern United States to be declared home to Africanized bees. Beekeepers, scientists, pest control operators and government agencies have been educating residents about this issue for a number of years.
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