Avoid Bees During Spring & Summer Outdoor Activities
A honeybee has a stigma of being dangerous and lethal but this buzzing insect is quite harmless when undisturbed. However, unintentional actions have provoked bees before, causing vicious attacks on an innocent victim.
Spring & summer are the most popular times of year for encountering a beehive (unless you’re a beekeeper, of course). During these warm months, bee activity increases as they build their colonies and collect pollen for the upcoming winter.
Hikers emerge themselves in nature as they venture through charted (and uncharted) trails, unaware of the creatures that exist within the vicinity.
Nature explorers are warned to be cautious when enjoying the outdoors, as an unintentional act may aggravate a nearby beehive.
Recently, a man walking to a hilltop in Nevada was stung about 300 times without causing any deliberate act to irritate the hive. Similar stories have made headlines across the nation, instilling a fear in outdoor goers. But you can reduce your chances of being a victim of a bee attack by following a few simple rules.
Preventing Bee Attacks & Stings When Outdoors
Understanding what can provoke a beehive and how to evade an attack will significantly decrease your chance of encountering honeybees.
Before you head outdoors, consider these preventative tips to avoid attracting honeybees and other pest problems:
- Be Aware – Listen for buzzing or look for a swarm
- Avoid Wearing Bright Colors
- Do Not Heavily Apply Perfumes or Colognes
- Refrain Carrying Sugary Foods & Drinks
If you are being attacked always run away from the bees. You can run faster than they can fly. Cover your head (do not swat at bees) while you locate and take shelter in a car or a building with a secure door. The few bees that follow you in is much better than battling the potential thousands of angry bees outside your door.
Africanized Bee Swarms
Africanized “Killer” Honey Bees are no more venomous than European Honey Bees. The only difference is killer bees will attack in a much larger quantity and are much more persistent in attacking their prey.
The USDA has identified multiple U.S. States – including California – as having Africanized Bee territories. Africanized hives are becoming the majority in southern states.
Here is an Africanized Bee Infographic that explains the distribution of AHB in the U.S. and a behavior comparison with European Bees.