How to Avoid Bee Stings

How to Avoid Bee Stings

No one wants to get stung by bees.  In fact, when a bee flies near you, the initial reaction is to run away.  There are a few things you can do to keep bees and wasps at bay.

Don’t smell like a flower
Floral shampoos, perfumes, and body sprays smell like food to bees and wasps. Avoid anything that reminds you of a flower because it reminds them too.

Don’t look like a flower
Those bright colors resembling flowers attract bees and wasps so that they can pollinate the flower. If you’re wearing bright colors, you look like a giant flower. Khaki is the color least likely to get you a stinging audience.

Pack your lunch away
It’s a good idea to stay away from cans of soda or beer in the summer. Buy bottles, especially ones that you can recap. Cover foods and salads completely. Bees are looking for something sweet, but wasps are meat-eaters. All of these bugs simply want the easy meal that you laid out for your family. Cover everything and look for ways to keep the bees and wasps out with screens and wraps.

Watch your step
Wasps live in the ground. If you’re barefoot or wearing flip-flops, you might find that you have stepped on the home of some very angry pests. Wasps are aggressive when they feel threatened, so wearing something that protects your feet might keep you from being in a lot of pain.

"Bee" calm
Swatting and running when you see a bee is a natural response, but it’s also the reason that you might get stung. Try to remain calm and let them do their thing. They won’t sting unless they think they might be harmed. That’s only going to happen it you smack them upside the head. Relax and let them buzz around for a few minutes.

Be careful of the end of the season
As their food sources begin to disappear, wasps get increasingly aggressive. Late summer and into fall, wasps can become a bit crazy and dangerous. Avoid them if at all possible.

Don’t do it yourself
There are hundreds of bee and wasp killers on the market, but killing them is not a job to take on yourself. A wasps’ nest can be huge underground and invisible to your view. A beehive in a tree can be massive, where you can’t see it. These insects become extremely aggressive when attacked, so they will come after you if they think you are trying to destroy their home. Call a pro, no matter how small you think the job may be. It could save you a lot of pain and even a trip the hospital.

The major key to not getting stung by bees and wasps is to simply leave them alone. If you’re out in the woods, simply steer clear. If they’re near your home, call in a professional to help you with getting rid of them. One or two stings for someone who isn’t allergic is not a big deal, but a hive’s worth of stings can send anyone to the hospital.