Facilities Management Manual (FAC)

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Effective: 9/1/1995

Revised: 7/1/2007

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FAC 109: Africanized Bees

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Purpose

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To define the response procedure for reported Africanized bee sightings on university property

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Source

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Africanized Honey Bees in Arizona, Urban Integrated Pest Management Program, Department of Entomology, University of Arizona

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Applicability

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All departments discovering or personnel answering calls of reported Africanized bee activity

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Policy

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In the event of reported and/or suspected Africanized bee infestation(s), Facilities Management personnel will be sent to the area of infestation and will take immediate steps to safeguard life and mitigate a hazardous condition. The reported site will be inspected by trained personnel to determine if an actual Africanized bee problem exists.

If it is determined that an Africanized bee infestation does exist, it will be dealt with as an emergency situation, and the ASU Police Department will be contacted immediately.

Note: Any reported bee infestations always must be treated as an “Africanized (killer) bee” emergency, since it cannot be determined otherwise without special laboratory testing.

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ProcedureD

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Responsibility
Action
Reporting department
  1. Report bee activity and exact location to the Facilities Management Service Center at 480/965–3633.
    Note: After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends all calls will be automatically forwarded to Central Plant.
Service Center or Management supervisor
  1. Notify the Grounds Department at 480/965–9498, or dial cell 480/205–9810 or 480/205–4869 or pager 602/229–1502, 602/340–2204, 602/201–6313, or 602/250–9064.
Grounds staff member (certified chemical applicator)
  1. Investigate the site to determine if an Africanized bee problem does exist and the severity of the infestation.
    Note: If determined to be a bee infestation, it will be treated as an emergency, and the ASU Police Department will be notified.
ASU Police Department
  1. Cordon off the area immediately, and evacuate if the situation demands.
If person(s) are victims of a bee sting attack:
  1. Call paramedics immediately at 911.
If the location and/or severity of infestation warrants:
Grounds staff member (certified chemical applicator)
or
Pest control company
or
Tempe Fire Department
  1. Remove the bee swarm and/or hive.

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