The Honey Bee is vital to Riverside County for the pollination of crops. Using some simple safety precautions will significantly lower your chances of being stung.
The Honey Bee
- Can sting only once.
- Forages at flowers and produces honey.
- May nest in small cavities around homes or yards.
- May swarm in large groups and move from one area to another.
- Most Honey Bee attacks occur when bees are defending hives or nests.
Bees foraging around flowers and water are not a cause for concern. Most swarms that cluster up and temporarily relocate in a tree, bush or side of house leave within the first 72 hours.
- Avoid nests and swarms.
- Check areas for bee activity, especially when power tools are used.
- Learn to bee proof your home.
- Educate yourself and your family.
- Leave the area immediately (Run).
- Seek shelter in a home or vehicle.
- Remove stinger quickly - scrape off, do not pinch the venom sack.
- If sensitive or if stung multiple times, seek medical attention.
- In life threatening situations, dial "911"