Tips to Avoid Bee Stings for Bicyclists
The year-round cool temperatures in San Diego are ideal for bicyclists. Most roads in San Diego County are biker-friendly and the city offers numerous parks and areas for bicyclists to travel through. While almost all of the trails through these parks are in natural environments, bicyclists must be prepared for the hazards of nature, particularly bees.
Visitors of Balboa Park in San Diego this summer reported several bee hives and swarms in various areas of the park. Fortunately, there were no cases of fatal bee attacks at Balboa Park. However, several bee eradication services were performed in public parks throughout San Diego.
San Diego cyclists are susceptible to bee attacks as they pierce the air at high speeds. Here are some tips to make your ride more enjoyable and prepare you for any bee encounters.
- Do not wear loose fitted clothing. Bees can become caught in loose clothing and will sting you.
- Do not wear bright-colored clothing. Bees will attack bright-colored objects
- Avoid using colognes/perfumes before your bike ride. Sweet scents attract bees.
- If a bug flies in your helmet, stop immediately to remove. The bug can sting you and cause an allergic reaction.
- Carry an EpiPen and/or bee sting kit with you on your ride. This can prevent anaphylactic shock.
- If you are stung, seek medical attention immediately.
- Scrape stingers off with a flat edge. Never squeeze the stinger as it will inject more venom.
- Take Ibuprofen and apply ice to stings to relieve pain.
- Antihistamines can help with itching.
San Diego can be a cyclist’s paradise and with a few precautions can make for an amazing place for riding. Pro Pacific Bee Removal offers bee removal services in all of San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. If you spot a bee hive or swarm on your property, give us a call to remove your bees today.