Bee Suits Prevent Africanized Bee Stings

Bee suits will prevent Africanized bee stings.  Africanized Honey Bees, also known as "killer" bees, are becoming more prevalent in the area. As a matter of fact, they have been documented in every county of the state. But don't panic. Here's what to do if you are stung by bees.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Not much, we hope

Here's How:

  1. Stay calm and get to a cool, indoor location.
  2. If you receive more than 10 or 12 stings, or notice any symptoms other than localized pain, itching or swelling, seek imediate medical attention.
  3. Keep the affected area below the heart.
  4. If the stingers are still in the skin, gently remove them with your fingernail, a credit card or blunt knife.
  5. Do not squeeze the stinger with your fingers or tweezers. The venom sac will still be attached, and if you squeeze it more venom will be injected.
  6. Apply cold compresses to relieve pain and swelling. Do not apply ice directly.
  7. Itching should subside within a few hours. If itching persists beyond a couple of days, or if you appear to be having some sort of allergic reaction, see a doctor.
  8. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include burning and itching, body swelling, body rash, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea, shock or unconsiousness.
  9. If you know that you are allergic to bee stings, consult your doctor about a preventative anti-venom first-aid kit.
  10. If you see someone else being stung multiple times, call 9-1-1.