The Buzz about Bees
Spring is in the air, and so are all types of flying insects, including bees. This is the busiest time of year for bees since they are busy pollinating about 80 percent of the nation’s crops.
If you happen to come across a colony or swarm of bees in your yard or anywhere on your property, here are a few tips to keep you, your family and pets safe:
- Contact an exterminator to have the them safely remove the hive
- Trying to remove or control the hive yourself could results in a bee attack
- Buckeye Fire and Medical Rescue cannot remove beehives
- If the hive is located in a common area, please contact your HOA to have the hive removed
- Stay away from bee swarms and colonies
- If you accidentally encounter bees, please do not panic
- Remain calm – swinging and flailing your arms will only make the bees more defensive
- Quietly retreat from the area
- If you are forced to run, use your hands and arms to protect your face and eyes
- Take shelter in a building or car
- Thick brush or water cannot protect you properly
- Remember to not disturb or tease the bees – it will only make them angry and defensive
- This includes not spraying water, throwing rocks or using chemicals on the hive
If you get stung by a bee, get to a safe area and remove the stinger as soon as possible using either your fingernails or credit card. Wash with soap and water and apply an ice pack for a few minutes to reduce pain and swelling.
If you get stung multiple times or are hypersensitive to bee stings, please get medical attention immediately.
If a person or pet is actively being attacked by bees, or someone is experiencing a medical emergency and is having breathing or vision problems, please call 9-1-1.