All About Bees and Wasps

Can bees sting multiple times? Which stings are most painful and which are deadliest. Which is more dangerous, bees or wasps? How many stings does it take to kill you? Learn all about bees and wasps.

Bee stings can be quite painful, especially if you’re allergic to bees. Unless your are allergic to bee or wasp stings, the victim of one sting is not life threatening. Unless of course you are stung many many more times. It would take one sting per pound up to your full body weight to kill you. Infants and the elderly will need to be more cautious as they are weaker against stings.

Regular bees and killer bees cannot sting you more than once. They have a barbed stinger which does not allow easy extraction. Regular honey bees also have more venom than killer bees do. So what is so dangerous about killer bees? Well they are more aggressive and can chase after you up to three times farther than a honey bee would.

The main difference between bees and wasps is that a wasp can sting you more than once. The reason being that a wasp’s stinger is smooth unlike the barbed stinger of a bee. Wasps also send out a signal for other wasps to come attack you as well. Wasps can be more dangerous than bees since they have the ability to sting you over and over again.

Hornets and yellow jackets are two types of dangerous wasps. When their nests are disturbed, they can attack with numbers. It is recommend that you get a specialist as they have the proper safe equipment and gear to wear against them. It is dangerous when a nest is close to your home and you have children as children are often curious.

Yellow Jacket

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Honey Bee

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Paper Wasp

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What should you do if you encounter a bee or wasp? Should you swat at it? Swatting at bees or wasps outside can be dangerous because it releases a signal into the air to other nearby bees or wasps and if aggressive enough, they will come join in the fight. It is better to run and shelter yourself.

Avoid wearing sweet smelling stuff as that can attract them. They are also attracted to darker colors. Always carry a small kit with you if you are allergic to stings. If you are stung, you must remove the sting as quickly as possible. Do not squeeze the sting tightly as it can squirt more venom in. Remove it from the side with a card quickly.

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4 Responses to “All About Bees and Wasps”
  1. sarah Says...

    On September 11, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Useful information on bees and wasps. It’s good to know so you don’t get hurt.

  2. kevin Says...

    On November 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I liked it. It was pretty informative. I’m just a kid but it was interesting and cool reading it since I live in an area where there a lot of wasps. I liked it a lot.

  3. nini Says...

    On December 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    this is good for my little brothers science project !!! :)

  4. jennyreeve Says...

    On April 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Very good and informative article. I must say, I do love bees, they are fascinating to watch. Wasps though are a different kettle of fish.

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