The sight of a single bee or wasp flying around will typically put a person on high alert. We all seem to be ready for one of the insects to swoop down and attack at any moment.
These flying creatures have the most vicious sting of all summer pests. But exactly how dangerous are they? Let’s take a look at some bees and wasps facts, so that you know exactly what you’re dealing with.
Aggressive If Provoked – Vicious Sting
For the most part, bees and wasps are simply trying to survive and make it through yet another day. If you were to stand still and not provoke them, they might fly close to you, but only out of coincidence.
However, if you don’t leave a bee or wasp alone — for example, you try to swat it and miss — it is possible that the little bugger will view you as a threat, which could lead to being attacked and possibly stung. And let’s not forget their cousin, the hornet, which is aggressive enough to sometimes attack even when unprovoked.
Strength in Numbers
Bees and wasps can be dangerous not only because of the venom they carry within their frail little bodies, but because of the company they keep. Unless one is out scouting for food away from its central hive, there is a good chance that its friends will be nearby, ready to carry out an attack if so provoked.
The Dangers of a Sting
When it comes to bees and wasps facts, the one people are most likely concerned with is that nasty sting. A sting from a bee or wasp can be life threatening whether you are allergic or not. In fact, current estimates state that more than half a million people visit the hospital emergency room every year due to being stung by one of these insects.
If you are allergic, even one sting can be life threatening. Of course, that is only true for a small portion of the population, but if you’ve never been stung before, you have to wonder if you’re one of the lucky few. Even if you don’t have an allergic reaction, several stings (especially from wasps, which can sting multiple times) can be lethal.
These bees and wasps facts should demonstrate that these small flying insects should be left alone. The risk of injury can be too great. That doesn’t mean you should go running for the hills at the first sight of one. Just don’t provoke it. If you do get stung and the injury warrants a trip to the hospital, by all means, don’t hesitate. If you’re allergic, make sure you travel with an epinephrine kit. Better to be safe than sorry.