Thursday, August 5, 2004
What Would You Do: Attacked By Bees
We've all received the same advice since childhood. If you want to avoid being stung by a bee, you have to ignore it. But for some of us, lets face it, the scream and swing method seems to work best. So what should you do to stay safe from the stinger? Here's 7's Charles Perez.
(WSVN) -- If you want the buzz on bees, just remember you can be a target anytime anywhere...Especially this time of year.
At a Florida Marlins game this summer, thousands of bees swarmed the stands...Forcing most fans out of their seats.
But forget being stubborn. What about being stung.
Bee Keeper Lee Del Signore: "You've been stung before. I've been stung many times."
Lee is a bee farmer from homestead. He says the number one rule - stay out of harm's way.
Lee: "I'm watching these guys buzz all around me. Well, we're in their flight path right now. We're standing right in front of the hives and the bees they go to the field and go to the hive, if we're standing in front of their entrance, they can't figure that out."
What you're going to want to do is move away but move slowly.
Lee: "If they're stinging you you might want to move a little quicker, but if they're not stinging you you just keep on walking."
They key there is if they're stinging. Because keep in mind...One sting is a message to the other bees.
Lee: "If they sting you, the sting leaves a mark or a scent. That's a mark for the other bees that someone is agitating our hives. Here's a mark, put another mark. Sting in this area."
If one bee stings you ... You need to run about 100 feet or so to get out of their range.
If the bees don't sting you...Be a tree .. like the baseball woman ..slowly fanning yourself to keep the bees from landing.
Lee: "They react to movement. They react to the same stimuli that we do."
So avoid running or swatting, and remember for a bee, stinging is a death sentence...They only sting when they feel threatened.
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