Are You Afraid Of Bees?
The fear of bees and their stingers are a common phobia shared by many. It is a common assumption that bees are a threat to humans. However, this is a complete myth! Bees and humans can live with one another in relative harmony, if only we learn how to! This article will give you a guide on what you should do if you come across a bee.
Why Do Bees Appear Around Me?
Urbanisation and development in urban spaces often drive diversity change. In city areas, buildings and structures often encroach on the natural spaces that bees would often be found in. As such, don’t be surprised if you were encounter bees around you! They really are taking back what was originally theirs. Furthermore, bees are also incredibly important when it comes to pollinating flowers. You’ve got to thank the bees for the incredible greenery you see around you! Bees are also great for urban beekeepers. Learn more about urban beekeeping in the link down below!
However, over time, the number of bees in urban areas has declined though they play such an important role in our environment. Learn more about the crisis bees are facing in the link down below.
Before we dive in, these are some important facts that you need to understand about bees. Firstly, not all bees have stingers. In Singapore, there are 3 main types of bees that you might come across: honey bees, solitary bees and stingless bees. Honey bees will readily sting to protect their hive when threatened or disturbed. Solitary bees, however, are less likely to sting you. When a bees sting you, the sting remains in your flesh while the bee could possibly die.
In Singapore, you might encounter hornets as well. Similar to honey bees, hornets will readily sting to protect their hives. Unlike bees, hornets can repeatedly sting you.
What To Do When You Encounter A Bee
Generally, bees are not dangerous. However, certain species can become potentially dangerous when their hives are disturbed, as they might sting to protect themselves. Here’s what you should do if you encounter a bee.
If you see a beehive, keep your distance from the beehive and alert others that are nearby. Notify the authorities or your local beekeeper who can ethically handle a beehive. The bees and the beehive can be safely removed without any harm to humans. To safely chase away bees, one can use various natural substances such as smoke, garlic spray, citronella, peppermint and cinnamon.
In the event that you are swarmed by bees or wasps, the best thing you can do is not to panic. Quickly cover your head and move as far away as possible from the hive. This should begin to draw away some of the insects. Run towards shelter at the same time. Most importantly, do not try to swat the bees or hornets as this can cause them to become more aggressive and harm you even more. If a bee or hornet were to land on you, do not smack it at all costs. Hurting it could cause it to sting you, or even release alarm pheromones that could attract more aggressive bees and wasps. Instead, calmly move the part of your body that the insect is resting on. If it still does not move, very gently brush it off. If done properly, the insect will leave peacefully.
In the very unlikely event that you are stung by a bee, there are a few common symptoms that you might experience. At the moment, there might be an instant, sharp burning pain at the sting site. The area might also begin to swell and turn red. Over time, the swelling may enlarge and turn even redder. For those with mild symptoms, the swelling can resolve over time. However, a sting could potentially escalate if someone is allergic. It is important to see a doctor in the event of something more serious.
In summary, bees really are not as dangerous as you might think. If left alone, bees and humans can live harmoniously, while reaping the benefits of having bees in an urban environment. In fact, urban beekeeping is a wonderful way to show the benefits of having bees in our environment. Want to try out some of the honey that bees produce? Check out some of our premium products down below.