Bee stings produce pain and swelling in the localized area of the sting. This is because the bee releases a stinger that contains venom into the victim’s skin. Over time, this pain and swelling is reduced to itching. The biggest threat that a beehive in the backyard poses is stings by not just one but multiple bees.
Bee stings are bad news for people with bee allergies. In addition to pain and swelling, bee stings result in other symptoms like nausea and vomiting, fainting and closing of the throat in people who are allergic. In the case of a backyard beehive, multiple stings have the potential to kill someone who is extremely allergic to bees. Immediate medical attention is needed if you are stung and you have a bee allergy.
Bees sting as a form of aggression when they feel threatened or if they feel there is a threat to their hive or colony. They also tend to be more aggressive in hot climates, if the hive is located in a shady area or if there is a lack of flowering plants. Keep your distance if you discover a beehive in your backyard. Make sure that children and visitors are also aware of the hive’s location, and make they stay away to prevent encounters with aggressive bees. Loud lawnmowers and weed eaters in close proximity to the hive are also known to aggravate bees, causing them to swarm and sting. If you should encounter a hive of aggressive bees, seek shelter indoors immediately.