3 Tips to Avoid Getting Stung by Bees and Wasps
There are a lot of interesting bees and wasps facts, but the ones that most people are concerned about relate to how not to get stung. Here are three simple tips based on basic bees and wasps facts that can help you avoid the pain—and possible allergic reactions—caused by bee and wasp stings.
1. Check Yourself.
One of the bees and wasps facts that almost everyone knows is that bees are attracted to flowers. So if you’re going to be outside during warm weather when bees are prevalent, it’s not a great idea to use perfume or a scented soap or shampoo that have a flowery smell. You will smell nice —so nice that a bee will be attracted to you as if you were a flower.
Bees also react to the smell of sweat. It makes them aggressive. Of course, if you’re working or exercising outside, you can’t prevent sweating—nor should you want to. But lack of bathing leads to a sweaty body odor that can be avoided by keeping yourself clean. (Hopefully, this isn’t the only reason you wash yourself regularly!)
Particularly if you’re going to be working outside where bees are likely to be present (e.g., a garden), it’s a good idea to bath with odorless soap and shampoo if you haven’t done so recently. You’ll probably still sweat, but at least you’ll start out relatively smell-free. Another way to be safe if you’re going to be working outside is to avoid bright colored clothing, which attracts bees like the bright colors of flowers.
2. Keep Food Put Away.
Wasps are attracted to human food, and something as simple as a glass on the counter with remnants of a sweet soda in it can attract wasps. So don’t leave out food or drinks, or traces of them, and regularly empty trash cans that contain food. If you’re going on a picnic or otherwise eating outdoors, try to keep the food sealed up as much as possible.
Put the tops back on the Tupperware after your serve yourself. And insect repellent certainly doesn’t hurt.
3. Don’t Panic if Bees or Wasps Are Near.
If you freak out and start swinging or swatting at bees or wasps, they’re likely to take that as a sign of aggression and sting you. If bees or wasps are around you, there purpose is not to attack you—they’re looking for pollen or food. They can be irritating and understandably unnerving, but they are far less likely to sting you if you remain calm and move gently. Jerky motions will upset them more than they’re upsetting you.