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At Which Point To Bee Attacks Become Deadly?

At Which Point To Bee Attacks Become Deadly? | Tucson Bee Removal

At this point in time there are very few people in the world who have not yet heard about the global bee population crisis. During the past few decades, the honey bee population in every region of the globe has declined. The strange thing about this decline is that the number of bee stings, and anaphylactic reactions to stings has not changed. This may not seem possible, since some regions seem to have lost the entirely of their honey bee populations. As a matter of fact, stings from hymenoptera species, such as bees, yellowjackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants remain the leading cause of death by anaphylaxis. Interestingly, helping bees survive may decrease the amount of sting fatalities, since bees only sting when they believe that they or their nest is under attack. With very few honey bees available to guard the nest, bees are forced into being extra aggressive when humans and other animals approach their nests.

Both bees and yellowjackets possess barbed stingers that are hard to remove from their victims skin. In these cases, the stinger must be pulled out with a pair of tweezers. If the stinger is pulled out within thirty seconds, then the reaction to the sting will not be as serious. However, if the stinger is not pulled out within thirty minutes, then removing the stinger is not as urgent.

The most common physical reaction to bee stings is a red welt that itches frequently. These welts can be treated successfully with a cold compress, and even when welts are not treated, they rarely last more than two days. Some people are more apt to develop sizable local reactions to stings than others, but this does not mean that these people are at an increased risk for adverse hymenoptera sting reactions. Around one to three percent of people who sustain stings will develop serious symptoms. There are about forty deaths per year in America that result from allergic reactions to hymenoptera stings. More than half of people who experienced serious reactions to stings were not aware that they had allergies to stings.

Have you ever become concerned over excessive swelling that occured after having sustained an insect sting? Do you possess allergies to any insect stings?