Bees: Attacks, Swarms

High Country encourages all residents in our rural area to become familiar with the precautionary steps in an effort to minimize your risk of encountering bees, as well as how to react or what to do if you find a bee hive or are attacked by an aggressive swarm of bees.

High Country would like to remind people that swarms should be dealt with by trained individuals. Most fire departments have trained people or the resources to call when dealing with bees. If you feel its an emergency, call 911.

Safety Precautions, Texas A&M University Department of Entomolegy: this link contains important precautionary steps to take to minimize your chance of encountering bees at home. Also be sure to read the articles linked on the left side of this “Safety Precautions” page for additional pertinent information about bees.

What to do if attacked by aggressive bees:
1. RUN away quickly. Do not swat at the bees or flail your arms. Bees are attracted to movement and crushed bees emit a smell that will attract more bees.
2. As you are running, pull your shirt up over your head to protect your face, This will help keep the bees from targeting the sensitive areas around your head and eyes.
3. Do not jump into water! The bees will wait for you to come up for air. If you are trapped for some reason, cover up with blankets, sleeping bags, clothes, or whatever else is immediately available.
4. Once you have reached shelter or have outrun the bees, remove all stingers. When a honey bees stings, it leaves its stinger in the skin. This kills the honey bee so it can’t sting again, but it also means that venom continues to enter into the wound for a short time.
5. Do not pull stingers out with tweezers or your fingers. This will only squeeze more venom into the wound. Instead, scrape the stinger out sideways using your fingernail, the edge of a credit card, a dull knife blade or other straight-edged object.
6. If you see someone being attacked by bees, encourage them to run away or seek shelter. Do not attempt to rescue them yourself. Call 911 to report a serious stinging attack. The emergency response personnel in your area have probably been trained to handle bee attacks.
7. If you have been stung more than 15 times, or are feeling ill, or if you have any reason to believe you may be allergic to bee stings, seek medical attention immediately.

Links to learn more about Bee Safety and more….
Bee safety, courtesy of the University of Arizona bee education
Information sheets on bees, courtesy of the University of Arizona
Bee Safety, courtesy of the city of Chandler, Arizona
Bee Safe, courtesy of Texas A&M University Department of Entomolegy