Africanized bees are focused on increasing their numbers and will build nests in the hollows of trees, inside walls, on porches, in sheds, in attics, and in unlikely places such as trash receptacles and abandoned vehicles. Because they build nests and move more readily and more rapidly than other honey bees, homeowners may not be aware of Africanized bees until they unwittingly encounter this aggressive species.
When Southwestern ranch owners and farmers that have peacefully co-existed with wild honey bees for years are reporting that the bees are starting to sting humans and animals, apiculturists and entomologists agree that most of the wild bee populations in the Southwestern U.S. are Africanized. This has been the case since the end of 1990s.
Bee adventurers go the extra mile for the survival of their colonies. In bee hives, only certain bees leave hives to hunt for new food sources and to find new accommodations once populations outgrow their current hives.