Hello people of the internet! We hope all our posts sweat bees and how to keep them at bay have been useful for you and that you have been enjoying the spring. And for the unfortunate few who had an encounter with the sweat loving creatures, don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered!
First things first, sweat bees don’t usually come for humans nor are they particularly interested in humans with the exception of a hot, humid day when one of us might be out and about, physically exerting ourselves or on a hiking trail and ending up sweating profusely. Sweat bee stings are rare and even if they sting , you have nothing to worry about. In case of such an incident, it’s more than likely that a sweat bee might decide to substitute your sweat for its meal.
So how does sweat bee sting?
Technically, when sweat bees are consuming sweat they use their short tongues to lap up the sweat from off of ones’ body. Sweat bees are usually calm, but once they are agitated and backed up to a defenseless situation, they will sting. So it’s better to know what agitates them so we can prevent the incident.
- Since most sweat bees either live in the ground or on rotting logs. If you come across a sweat bee nest DO NOT INDUCE SUDDEN MOVEMENT of any kind to the area. If you do, they will get aggressive and a swarm of angry bees are never a good opponent. Find out how to get rid of sweat bees<insert link to that post>.
- Don’t cast a shadow over their nest, even if you are simply trying to get a peek into it. The sudden lack of light might stir the bee population and quite quickly translate to a threat against the nest, which means trouble for you.
- If you’re chasing a sweat bee and it’s trying to get back into its nest, leave it be. Coming between a bee and its nest is a recipe for disaster.
Despite all this, if you still managed to get stung by a sweat bee, here is what you need to know.
DIY Sweat bee treatments
Sweat bee stings cause the lowest pain among all the bee stings. Only the female can sting. Its usual modus operandi is to pierce your skin and continuously pump venom until it is either removed forcefully or done with it.
- Naturally, the first thing to do is to pull the sweat bee out as soon as possible.
- Use an ice bag over the irritated area to help reduce the pain.
- To relieve the immediate pain from the sting, try applying a mixture of baking soda, water and papaya pulp or pineapple juice to the area.
- If the pain persists, use a pain reliever approved by your doctor.
SHOULD YOU SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE OVER A SWEAT BEE STING?
If you’re allergic to bees, then get immediate medical attention. If you are not sure you’re allergic, and/or experiencing the following, seek professional help:
- Difficulty in breathing and/or swallowing
- Area where you’ve been stung appears red, itchy and visibly spreading.
- Heartbeat increases
- Feel dizzy, fatigued or anxious.
- A sudden drop in blood pressure.