Honey and propolis (bee glue) have therapeutic effects, and you can use them for your health, or you can eat them.
A hive can produce about 30 kilograms of honey in a good year. The honey can be removed, once, in June, when the honey is obtained from the pollen of lime and acacia. In August, you can pick the honey from meadows and wildflowers. Moreover, the bees produce 800 grams of pure wax and about 4 kilograms of pollen, propolis and bee bread.
So, if you are tempted to gather the honey from a hive, you should be very careful. If you want to succeed the operation or at least to keep you safe, you should consider the following precautions:
Wearing protective clothing can prevent most stings.
Wear a special helmet. They are common, but the veils can be different.
A hat and veil are adequate protection, ensuring that the face and head do not attract a stray sting.
A jacket together with the hat and the mask built in is another option.
The best choice for your safety is a complete bee suit. It also includes the pants.
Be aware! Bee suits are not totally sting proof.
Another defense against being hurt is to blow cold smoke into a hive and onto the bees.
What to avoid when you discover a hive?
Avoid making a loud noise near the hive. Don’t shout, don’t use noisy machinery near the hive, and keep barking dogs away.
Avoid disturbing a hive. Don’t poke at it because the bees will defend it. Leave it well alone.
Avoid wearing strong perfume, shiny jewelry or dark clothing when in an area known for having killer bees. Darker colors could be interpreted as natural predators such as bears and skunks.
If you wear very bright colors, a bee or wasp may mistake you — at least for the time being — for a flower.
What to do if they start attacking?
Don’t freeze; run away fast and immediately.
Stop to help other people only if they are small children or they are disabled persons.
Scream to encourage everyone in the vicinity to run to shelter.
Run in a straight line. Most healthy people are capable of outrunning killer bees as they are lazy insects.
If you see bees attack, encourage the threaten individuals to run and look for a shelter.
Do not try to rescue them all alone because you’ll fail.
You can call 911 to report a stinging attack. The responsible personnel should be prepared to handle bee attacks.
As you run, use your shirt to protect your face or your arms. Don’t slow your running, protect your eyes and cover your head. If you are holding a child, keep their face tucked directly into your body so the bees cannot harm their face.
If you didn’t know, bees are attracted to movement and crushed bees emanate a banana smell that attracts more bees. So, do not hit or smash the bees.
Run into the wind. It makes it harder for the bees to keep pace with you.
Don’t get into the water. The bees will wait until you don’t have enough air and get to the surface.
You have to run until you reach shelter. Some bees will follow you indoors, so you should be prepared to shut them outside. Those that are inside, the most probably will be disoriented by the lights in a well-lit room and will fly to the windows.
If you cannot find a shelter you can use anything that can cover you as: clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, or you can get into a tent. You can hide in high weeds or bushes for cover. Also, you can use your car as a shelter only if it’s close to you.
Take stock once inside shelter or when you have outrun the bees. Rest a moment to catch your breath and check who else has made it back with you.
Treat injuries and allergic reactions
Remove all the stingers that the bees left in your skin. Even if you remove them, the venom continues to enter into the wound for a short time.
Remove the stingers using your fingernail or a straight-edged object.
If you have been stung, and you’re feeling ill, it is a high possibility to be allergic to bee stings. Seek urgent medical care. An average person can tolerate 7-10 stings per pound of body weight. So an average adult could withstand more than 1100 stings, but 500 stings can kill a child.
A person allergic to bee stings can suffer from an a. shock from even a single sting. So seek immediate medical advice.
Call the police. Tell them the entire story and that you barely survived, and they should arrange for professional beekeepers to come and contain the swarm.
If it’s not your case and if you want to catch yard bees, you can make a bee trap.
It isn’t suitable for the amounts of bees found in a bee hive or swarm.
Cut off a large soda bottles’ neck.
Turn the narrow side of the remainder of the soda bottle upside down inside the large part. It will be like a funnel.
Pour a sweet drink or jam to attract the bees. Insects will fly in but won’t be that smart to get out.
Would you practice these methods if you’ll have a similar incident? Do you consider them helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments section bellow.