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 Bees

Honey Bees

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.

Protect Yourself

  • 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.

If Stung

  • 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"

 

For more information or assistance with bees, please call Northwest Mosquito Vector Control at (951) 340-9792.