HoneyBee Stings and Stinger Removal

A bee stinger is one of nature’s little wonders. After a honeybee stings you and deposits its stinger, the stinger continues to pump venom into you for up to twenty minutes. A self contained unit, the stinger has a barb to pierce the skin, a venom sac to hold the stuff that stings you, and a set of muscles to push the barb and venom deeper into you skin. It even has a pheromone that attracts other bees to you.

Swift removal of the stinger is preferred to a more careful removal that takes even 5 seconds longer. Unfortunately, no matter how fast you act, getting stung will always be painful.

Immediately after removal of the stinger, apply an ice cube for several minutes afterwards dab site with a meat tenderizer that contains Papua. Itching usually occurs and can be controlled with an antihistamine.

Of course, its better to avoid getting stung in the first place! When many potential sting victims see a bee fly near them, they start swatting at it. Oddly enough, the bee interprets this action as aggressive behavior, if it gets a chance, it’ll probably sting. Instead, try letting the bee fly around you (yes, even land on you) and you’ll watch it fly away within ten seconds.

Try it- – -you’ll be amazed how well it works. It takes some self control, but the pay-off is immediate and satisfying.