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CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Short, thick bodies covered with hair
  • Approximately 2 mm (0.08 in) in length to 4 cm (1.6 in) long
  • Three body parts: the head, thorax, and abdomen
  • 6 flat and wide legs
  • Brown, amber brown, to yellow in color with black stripes
  • Bees have antennae that are made of 12 segments in females and 13 in males

WHAT ATTRACTS BEES?

  • Sweet or sugary scents
  • Iridescence of flowers
  • Brightly-colored flowers

EFFECTS OF BEE ACTIVITY ON HUMANS:

  • Bees are beneficial to humans in that they pollinate flowers and produce honey
  • They do not carry harmful diseases to humans
  • Their sting can cause severe allergic reactions in some people
  • Bees only sting humans when they feel threatened

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PREVENTION OF BEE STINGS:

  • Don't wear perfumes, colognes, or other sweet-smelling lotions or body sprays
  • Avoid wearing black or floral clothing
  • Be careful what you eat outdoors, such as sugary foods and drinks
  • Don't hang around flower gardens
  • Keep car windows rolled up
  • Stay still when a bee is present

TREATMENT OF BEE STINGS:

  • Remove the stinger from the skin as soon as possible by scraping it out from close to the skin; try not to squeeze or pull at the end of stinger
  • Wash the area where stung with soap and water
  • Apply ice or toothpaste to alleviate redness and itchiness
  • Also apply Calamine lotion, Hydrocortisone cream, or Antihistamines
  • If severe allergic reactions appear, such as: difficulty breathing, hives as a red, itchy rash spreading to areas beyond the sting, swelling of the face, mouth, or throat, wheezing or difficulty swallowing, rapid pulse, restlessness, anxiety, dizziness, or a sharp drop in blood pressure, please seek emergency medical attention