About Bee Stings

Do we really need to worry about bee stings?

The fact is, most bees rarely sting, unless they are provoked or feel threatened.

Only females can sting, and would only do so if they felt it necessary to defend themselves or their colonies, honey combs (with honey bees) and nests.

The first thing to remember is that prevention is better than cure: leave foraging bees, as well as hives and nests well alone and allow the bees to go about their business in peace.

In truth, the real risks from a stinging incident are actually not that great, but it's easy for the dangers to be exaggerated.

You can read more about this, along with a few more interesting snippets of information on my 'Quick Facts' link below.

Meanwhile, some individuals, such as beekeepers, may develop a kind of immunity, where reactions to stings become less pronounced.

Browse over the following links below to find out more:

A Few Quick Bee Sting Facts
Do all types of bees actually sting – even bumblebees - and what are the real risks associated with such an incident? Some of these quick bee facts may surprise you!

Do all bees sting?
Bees will only sting if they feel threatened, but not all bees can sting.  Find out which bees sting, and which bees don't.

Do all bees die after they sting you?
Apart from the fact that not all bees sting, only honey bees, due to their barbed sting, will die upon stinging a human.  You can find out why on this page.

How to Treat Bee Stings
If you get stung by a bee, you'll want to know how to treat it. Find out here.

Bee and wasp repellent
If you are afraid of bees and wasps, here are some ways to repel them without harming them.

Looking for home remedies or a natural remedy?
Take a look at the things you may find in your kitchen cupboard that may help!

Reactions to bee stings
Most people experience temporary discomfort, but rarely, an allergic reaction occurs. Learn more about reactions to stings, including swellings, allergy and anaphylaxis.

Prevention of bee stings is better than cure!
A quick reminder of the steps you can take to avoid being stung!

Apiphobia is the fear of bees or the fear of being stung by bees. Learn more here.

Bee allergy
Including allergic reaction to other bee products such as bee pollen.

If you kill wasps you may only attract more of them.

Read about:

Preventing Wasp Stings

Wasps play an important role in the ecosystem.  Read about:

Wasp Pollination

a yellow and black wasp queen on a pale pink rose flower.

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