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Bee Stings 101

Bees can seem like friendly, bright little insects and are often associated with delicious honey and the beautiful flowers they pollinate. However, these guys tend to take over many gardens during the summer, and their sting is not the most pleasant thing to deal with. Here are some tips that may come in handy this summer.

As soon as a bee stings you, you will want to remove the sting and venom sac of they’ve been left in your skin. You can do this by using either a bank card or your fingernail to gently scrape it out. Be careful not to puncture the venom sac while you are doing this and spread the venom further under your skin. Do not use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to try and pinch the sting out, as this may spread the venom. If you happen to be stung by a wasp or hornet, get as far away from that area as you can as they don’t leave behind their stingers afterwards, meaning they can come back and sting you again. You can tell if it was a wasp or hornet if you look for the stinger and it’s not there.

Have you ever been stung by a bee? What did you do to treat it?