What To Do If You Encounter A Bee Swarm

One bee sting is very uncomfortable, but a bee swarm can be extremely dangerous, to the point of landing you in the hospital. This is why it’s important to know what you need to do in case you encounter a swarm, or are at risk of encountering one.

Safety tips

If you come across a beehive, or a group of bees, try to remain calm and move away until you can’t see the hive or the bees anymore. If however, you are attacked by a swarm of bees, you should run away in a straight line and take shelter in a building or a car. When attacked, the most vulnerable parts of your body are the neck and face, so you will have to protect those areas using your hands or your shirt. You also want to avoid jumping in thick brush or the water, because the bees will chase you in the brush, and if you jump in water, the bees will sting you when you come up for air.

After a sting, you can remove the bee stinger by scraping it out using an object or your fingernail, and you should wash the sting area with soap and water to avoid infection. A cold pack can also help with the swelling, itching and pain of the bite. If after a sting, you start to experience dizziness, difficulty breathing, or nausea, then you might be having an allergic reaction. In this situation, you or the person stung will need immediate medical attention because you or the person are having an allergic reaction to the venom. Most stings will not be a problem, but if you are stung over 10 times by a group of bees, then you should seek medical attention as a precaution. Large amounts of bee venom take a longer time to cause a severe reaction, so it may seem like you are ok at first, but you will want to be as safe as possible and seek medical attention.

Removing beehives on you property

If there is a beehive on your property, the only option you have if you want it safely removed is to work with a pest control professional. A pro will be able to use insecticides or baits to kill off the queen and then remove the nest structure. If you have a beehive on your property, contact us today and we will help you remove it.