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How Not to Get Stung By Bees

Published on NewsOK Published: April 15, 2013

Should you get swarmed by bees, do not run, as running will attract more of them. Instead, seek shelter indoors. If you are outside, move to a shaded area to get away from the bees. Needless to say, if you are allergic to bees, always carry an allergy kit with you, and know how to use it.

If you do get stung by a honeybee, you'll need to remove the stinger. The Indianapolis-area pest control experts at Purdue University recommend that if you are stung by a honeybee, you should scrape the stinger off with a fingernail or other straight edge. Do not remove a honeybee stinger with tweezers or by squeezing it between two fingers, as it will squeeze the venom into the muscle. Wash the affected area with soap and water. Ice can reduce the swelling of a bee sting. Resist the urge to scratch the bee sting, as it will irritate the skin and prolong your discomfort.

With the foregoing advice, you should be able to garden alongside honeybees and bumblebees without incident. Contact your local beekeeper or apiculture expert if you are experiencing an unpleasant or disruptive number of honeybees or bumblebee in your yard.

Chaya Kurtz writes for

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