Why Are Bees Suddenly So Aggressive? It’s Angry Bee Season!

September 8, 2022

Bee having a hard time finding resources causing it become aggressive and angry towards humans

Why are bees suddenly so aggressive these days? It’s not your imagination.  Late summer and early fall, bees, especially yellow jackets, and wasps,  become very aggressive because their life cycle is coming to an end. There are not enough resources or food for them to survive, especially as the winter approaches. For this reason, their survival instincts kick in and they’re more inclined to sting people even if you aren’t doing anything to them.

As we are now approaching angry bee season, we want you to be careful of angry bees,  as their  stings not only hurt, but for some, they can be potentially fatal if you’re allergic. But, not to worry, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent angry bees from stinging you. 

AFC Urgent Care Torrington has 5 tips on how to prevent and treat angry bees from stinging so that you can enjoy the rest of your summer.

1. If A Bee “bumps” into you, then you might be closer to their hive than you think!

Have you ever had a bee “bump” into you? It’s not a coincidence if they do, but chances are you might be near their hive! Most colonies of bees may think you're a predator and will send a few bees to guard and attack if necessary. So, if a bee bumps into you, then run like the wind!

According to the CDC, bees release a chemical when they sting, which may attract other bees. We suggest you run indoors or go to your car as quickly as you can to avoid an angry bee attack.

2. Killing Or Swatting A Bee Might Backfire On You

Some people think that by shooing it away or killing an angry bee this will solve the problem, but there are actually more bees around the corner than you think! Killing a bee also releases the same chemical as it would by stinging, only to attract other bees to the scene of the crime. This is not ideal, especially if you are with a group of friends or loved ones who are allergic to bees. You don’t want to be the reason they end up going to the hospital. What you should do is let it “bee”. Only run indoors if they start swarming and coming after you!

3. Stung by a bee? Scrape out the stinger!

Removing the stinger  is not an easy task. Most people think that you need to pull or squeeze it out. But, we suggest you don’t do this so that the stinger doesn’t spread any more venom into the afflicted area. Instead here’s what we suggest you to do immediately after getting stung by a bee:

  • Scrape the stinger out with your fingernail or use a gauze to wipe it out
  • Apply a cold compress or ice
  • Treat with Tylenol or an NSAID
  • Apply topical ointment such as Neosporin to fight any possible infection, and possibly Caladryl, to combat itching

Extra Tips: Don't use tweezers to squeeze it out. Using tweezers to remove a bee sting runs the risk of squeezing more venom into the wound. On the other hand,  credit cards can work!

4. At-home remedies to alleviate a bee sting

Sometimes bee stings can feel irritated and itchy for a few days. You can reduce pain, itch and swelling of a bee sting with these at home remedies:

  • Baking soda: Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the sting site. The alkaline nature of the baking soda helps to neutralize the acidity in the venom. 
  • Vinegar: Vinegar is a sting soother. Use this trick to remember: Baking soda for bees (both at the beginning of the alphabet), vinegar for wasps (both at the end of the alphabet). 
  • Toothpaste: This is a great remedy which works on the same alkaline/acidity premise as baking soda. 

5. If you’re allergic to bee stings, follow these steps:

If you or someone is allergic, you should always carry a bee sting kit. This includes a bronchodilator epinephrine shot (Epipen) or inhaler, which will dilate the airways and allow your child to breathe. If the person gets an allergic reaction, call 911 or bring them in to us as soon as possible. They will need to be treated immediately.

Need Help Removing A Bee’s Stinger? AFC Urgent Care Torrington Can Help!

Through the end of September, we are anticipating a lot of angry bee stings. We hope that you find these tips helpful to prevent a bee attack and to know what to do if you get stung by a bee. And, if you do get stung and are allergic, AFC Urgent Care Torrington is here and ready to treat your bee sting. 

AFC Urgent Care Torrington is open 7 days a week with extended hours on the weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm and we have weekend hours from 8 am to 5 pm. There is no appointment needed when visiting our center. But, if you prefer a faster way to check-in, you can make an appointment online, today!

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