Bees and wasps are one of the hardest working creatures on our planet. These little insects pollinate about 17% of all the flowering plant species on earth. Without them the world would be a much different place. In spring and summer, when we want to enjoy BBQ’s and picnics, bees and wasps have their busiest season of the year. Unfortunately, bee stings and wasp stings can put a bit of a damper on our outdoor activities.
How can we avoid conflicts between these insects and humans?
- Don’t leave sugary food lying around, as bees and wasps are attracted to it.
- Check your drinks before taking a sip, particularly sugary drinks.
- Avoid wearing perfume with floral scent or brightly coloured clothing. Our little helpers may mistake you for a flower!
- Avoid loose-fitting clothes, as bees and wasps can be trapped under the clothes and are more likely to sting.
- Wear some footwear or at least check your steps when walking on grass.
- Burn dry coffee grounds on a fire-resistant plate or bowl. This will keep our stingy friends a bay.
What to do, when stung:
Unless you’re allergic to bees or experiencing signs of an allergic reaction, you can treat most stings yourself. Try to remove the stinger immediately with fingernails or tweezers. Icing the sting can help reducing the swelling and the venom absorption.
Applying honey, lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar, Aloe Vera, or onions are old home remedies. They may help relieve the pain, swelling and itch.
Homeopathy provides a great remedy for stings
Apis – this remedy is derived from the venous of a honeybee. Taking Apis orally as soon as possible, can relief pain, irritation and swelling.