Bee Safe

Bee Careful; Preventing Bee and Wasp Stings

Bee and wasp stings are a common summer nuisance that can turn deadly if the victim develops a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Public Health experts estimate that up to 3% of adults will have a severe systematic reaction to a wasp or bee sting. Anyone who works or recreates outdoors is at risk of being stung.

Helpful Tips to Avoid Being Stung

  • Yellowjackets and wasps become aggressive when searching for food–keep garbage cans covered with tight-fitting lids and away from picnic and camping activity areas.
  • Keep food covered
  • Serve sweetened drinks in covered containers
  • Check food and beverage before eating. Clear away food items after a meal immediately
  • Eliminate water sources such as birdbaths and dripping faucets, which attract bees and wasps
  • Wear proper foot protection. Require campers and students to wear shoes at all times.
  • Remain calm and still when a wasp is in close proximity or lands on you
  • Avoid wearing hairsprays, perfumes, colognes, suntan lotion, or brightly colored clothes outdoors
  • Mow carefully–be observant ahead of the mower if there is a wasp nest on the lawn

Bee or wasp sting symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention include:

  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Problems breathing or swallowing, or having tightness in your throat
  • Changes to your skin, such as breaking out into hives
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy, or fainting
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Access CIRMA’s online portal for more important employee training and education on relevant seasonal topics.

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