What to Do If Being Attacked by Africanized Honey Bees

Remember these important steps –

1. RUN away rapidly. Never stop to help others. However, small kids and the disabled might need some assistance.

2. As you are running, pull your shirt up over your head to protect your face, but make certain it doesn’t slow your progress. This will help keep the bees from targeting the sensitive areas around your head and eyes.

3. Continue to RUN. Never stop running until you reach shelter, like a car or building. A few bees may follow you indoors. Nonetheless, if you run to a well-lit area, the bees will tend to become confused and fly to windows.Never 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 no matter what else is immediately available.

4. Do not swat at the bees or flail your arms. Bees are attracted to movement and crushed bees emit a smell that’ll attract more bees.

5. Be certain  that once you’ve reached shelter or have outrun the bees, remove all stingers. When a Domestic Honey Bees stings, it leaves its stinger in the skin. This kills the Domestic Honey Bee so it cannot sting again, but it also means that venom continues to enter into the wound for a short time.

6. Don’t 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.

7. When you see someone being attacked by bees, encourage them to run away or seek shelter. Don’t try 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.

8. When you’ve been stung more than 15 times, or are feeling ill, or if you’ve any reason to believe you could be allergic to bee stings, seek medical attention immediately.  The typicalperson can safely tolerate 10 stings per pound of body weight. This means that although 500 stings can kill a child, the typicaladult could withstand more than 1100 stings.

About John Payton

Bee control expert and founder of a bee control company http://www.beeremovalspecialist.com http://employee-wellness-programs.com
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