Bees are extremely rewarding for the environment. They help in pollination and are beneficial for the agricultural industry. However, no matter how good they are for nature, you do not want them in or around your home. Imagine having a beautiful picnic with your family and a cloud of bees hovering around you. Nobody likes this scenario.
Bees can be irritating and scary too. If they sting you, the pain lasts for hours. If these flying insects have created a home in your house or garden, call Pest Control to get hold of the situation immediately. Meanwhile, here are a few myths about bees that surface on the internet.
Myths about bees
- All bees sting.
A bee sting can scar you for life. If you have been stung by a bee before, you will be cautious of any bee that enters your personal space—however, not all bees sting. There are about 20,000 different species of this insect, and somehow they are all mistaken to sting humans. However, that is not true.
Most bees do not sting. They only sting you when they feel threatened.
- One bee can sting its victim repeatedly.
Some bees can sting their victims repeatedly. However, when they sting humans, barbs become stuck to the skin and remove the sting from their bodies. The removal of a honey bee’s sting is fatal, and they die shortly after they sting you. Therefore, it is not possible for a bee to sting one person repeatedly.
- Wasps are bees.
Although waps might look similar to bees, they are not the same. Bees collect nectar and pollen for their young ones and are vegetarian. On the other hand, wasps are carnivores. Bees are usually not angry animals, but some wasps can be dangerous, significantly if you disturb their nests.
- All bees live in hives.
Most people think of bees as animals living together and working in a colony. However, that is not the case all the time. In fact, less than 8% of the species of bees live in hives and socialize with others. Others like to live in solitude.
- Bee stings are always dangerous.
Some bee stings are not dangerous. In fact, if a person is not allergic to bees, they can tolerate ten stings per pound of body weight. An adult can tolerate 1000 stings, but 500 stings may be fatal for small children. If you have been stung, you should consult a doctor before things worsen.