How to treat a bee sting in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC - Connor's Termite and Pest Control

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Most people have experienced a bee sting at one point in their lives. While most of us can recover quickly, the situation can be dangerous for anyone allergic to these flying insects. With so many species of bees and wasps, it can be hard to know which ones are potentially more dangerous than others as well as whether you need to seek medical help or not in case of an attack. At Connor’s Termite and Pest Control, we’re dedicated to keeping our clients safe from pests year-round, which is why we’ve listed some important information on bee stings below.

What types of bees may sting me?

Most common bees are capable of stinging, but bees in general are extremely reluctant to do so unless directly threatened.

  • With the exception of the honeybee, most bees are capable of stinging more than once.
  • Bumblebees can sting, but they don’t want to. These slow-moving insects won’t sting unless provoked or directly threatened by someone.
  • Carpenter bees have a tendency to invade your personal space, making them one of the more feared bees. That said, their hovering habits can be explained by their attraction to movement. The male carpenter bee isn’t able to sting, but their female counterparts will if they are threatened.

How do I remove a bee’s stinger?

If you’ve been stung by a bee, it’s important to act promptly. The longer the stinger remains in your skin, the worse off you’ll be. To safely remove the stinger, pulling it out with a tweezers is a great option because you won’t run the risk of squeezing more venom into your body. Take caution if removing the stinger with your fingers, and, once removed, apply a cold compress to the site of injury. This will numb the pain and constrict your blood vessels, helping to stop the venom from spreading.

When bee stings are dangerous

When dealing with stinging insects, if you or the person who was stung show any signs of a blocked throat, swelling hands or feet, or a swollen face, it’s crucial to get emergency help right away. Allergic reactions to bees are somewhat rare, but they can also develop over time: even if you’ve never had a reaction before, you can still be allergic to a stinging insect. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when treating a bee sting.

Professional bee, wasp & hornet control

If you’re concerned about bees or other stinging insects around your house, give the experts at Connor’s a call. We are committed to keeping you and your family safe from stinging insects and other pests year-round, which is why we offer two comprehensive protection plans. To learn more about our yearly programs or to inquire about our bee control services, call us now!

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How to Treat a Bee Sting in Virginia

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