Bee stings and allergies are some of the common problems that Arizonians face. Whether you are staying indoors or tending to your garden, you may, unfortunately, come across bees. While bees are essential for pollinating plants, they can also be dangerous when they sting you. Thankfully, Wagner Pest Solutions can help protect you and your family with bee pest control. Still, here’s how to handle a bee sting and allergic reaction.

How to Handle Bee Stings and Allergies

Bee Stings

Bee stings can be painful and scary, especially for those who have not experienced them before. If you are stung by a bee, you should remain calm and follow these steps:

  • Remove the stinger: Look for the stinger and use a credit card or your fingernail to scrape it out of your skin. Do not use tweezers, as this may squeeze the venom sack and release more venom.
  • Clean the area: Wash the area with soap and water to prevent infection.
  • Apply a cold compress: Use a cold compress like an ice pack or a cool, wet cloth to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Take painkillers: Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol can help relieve pain.
  • Monitor the symptoms: Keep an eye on the symptoms and seek medical attention if they worsen.

Bee Sting Allergies

Unfortunately, some people are allergic to bee stings and experience severe reactions like anaphylaxis. If you have a severe allergic reaction, you should seek medical attention immediately. However, if you have mild or moderate symptoms like hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing, take the following steps:

  • Use an epinephrine auto-injector: If you have one, use it as soon as possible.
  • Lie down with your legs elevated: This helps improve blood flow.
  • Take antihistamines: Over-the-counter antihistamines like diphenhydramine can help relieve allergy symptoms.
  • Monitor the symptoms: Keep an eye on the symptoms and seek medical attention if they worsen.

Preventing Bee Stings

Prevention is the key when it comes to bee stings. Here are some tips to avoid getting stung by bees:

  • Wear protective clothing: When working in the garden, wear long sleeves and pants, closed-toe shoes, and gloves to protect your skin from bee stings.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or bright-colored clothing: Bees are attracted to perfume and bright colors, so avoid wearing them when working outdoors.
  • Be careful around beehives: If you see a beehive, do not disturb it. Call Wagner Pest Solutions to remove it.
  • Stay calm: Bees are more likely to sting if they feel threatened or provoked. If a bee lands on you, stay calm and slowly move away.

Let Us Take Care of the Bees

Whether you’re allergic or not, bee stings are not something you should have to endure in your own backyard. So, if you’re tired of shooing them away from your outdoor spaces, call Wagner Pest Solutions. We know just how to take care of bees for homeowners around Glendale and Phoenix, AZ. We can also take care of ants, mosquitoes, and scorpions. So, give us a call today at (623) 466-6752.