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Bee Stings

The biggest concern of a bee infestation is that members of your family might incur bee stings. For most people, a bee sting only results in temporary pain and swelling. However, for a small segment of the population with bee allergies, a bee sting can be a very dangerous experience.

Ehrlich bee control and removal technicians can work with you to make sure bees are safely removed from your property and reduce the risk of stings.

Why Bees Sting

Bees, unless they are Africanized honey bees, are not generally very aggressive. If their nests are left alone, most species of bee will not attack. The reason bees sting is that they become afraid that their nest will be damaged. At that point, bees let out pheromones that can cause the rest of the nest to go into panic mode and send out swarms to defend their home.

The best way to avoid bee stings is to avoid the nests. If you notice increased bee activity around a certain area of your home or yard, avoid that place and call for help to get the bee nest removed.

Bee Anatomy

Bees are not like other stinging insects such as wasps and hornets. Bees have barbed stingers, meaning there is a tiny hook on the end of it. When they stab their intended victim and fly off, that barb holds the stinger in the skin and disembowels the bee. The stinger that's left behind can continue to pump out venom, but the bee will soon die.

What the victim is left with is the small stinger still stuck in their skin. On top of the stinger there is a small yellowish sac. Venom will be injected from the sac into the victim even after the stinger has detached from the bee. This is why quick removal of the stinger from the skin is so important.

Bee Stinger Removal

It is important to remove the bee stinger as quickly as possible after being stung. Doing so will prevent additional venom from being injected and causing potentially negative reactions. Here are some tips for removing a bee stinger:

  • Do not pinch the end of the stinger with your fingers or a tweezers. This can squeeze the venom sac and inject more venom.

  • Scrape the stinger out using a fingernail or some other flat object like a credit card or business card. Place the object near the stinger and slide it right across, dragging the stinger out.

  • Bee stings can cause swelling and redness. Ice can be used to reduce swelling.

Bee Allergies

If the person stung has an allergy to bees, it is important that they seek medical attention immediately.

The reaction to a bee sting from someone who has allergies can be very quick and serious medical problems can develop, including obstruction of airways. It is best to take the person to a hospital and seek medical attention right away.

Stop Bees from Stinging

The best way to avoid bee stings is to have the nests removed safely and effectively. Ehrlich technicians are experts at identifying the location of bee nests and then using the latest techniques to remove them. We can also offer advice and consultation on how to prevent further bee infestations.

The first step in the process is to call Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520 or fill in the online contact form and schedule an appointment today.