How to Remove a Bee Stinger

Friday, April 20th, 2018 - Tips

The queens and worker bees have a barbed stinger through which they inject their poison and that serves as self defenseĀ . Unlike other insects,when bee stings it leaves the stinger and die. How quickly you react and remove the skin stinger determines the severity of a bee sting.

How to Remove a Bee Stinger


1.Make sure the bee that stung was fluffy and rounded.

If it was the kind you see near flowers and gardens, it was probably a common bee. The bee is the only type of insect that requires you to remove the stinger after a bite. There are European and African bees also. African bees may be more aggressive, but they have the same amount of venom in its stinger.

2.Identify whether it was a drone or a wasp.

These insects are not traditionally considered bees, but sometimes they are within the same category. Their bodies are thin and flat, and they bite a person without leaving the sting behind.

3.Treat an allergic reaction immediately with antihistamines, with a pen injection of adrenaline or after a consultation with a doctor.

The same chemical, melittin may be present in both the bees and the wasps. Those who have severe allergic reactions should seek medical treatment as soon as possible
Removing a stinger

1.Use a credit card.

Scrape the biten surface with the edge of the credit card. Keeping it at a 45 degree angle to scrape the stinger from the skin. Look for other objects with hard edges if you do not have a credit card handy. Use a piece of thick paper envelope, a cell phone case with a sharp edge or even long nails.

2. React within the first 15 to 20 seconds

A survey revealed that no matter how a stinger is removed, but how fast it is removed; can greatly reduce the amount of poison.

3. If piaca occurred more than 20 seconds behind to be able to treat the bee sting.

However, it is unlikely you will be able to reduce the swelling and allergic reaction after this time.
Treating a sting

1. Wash the wound with soap and water immediately.

This makes it possible to reduce the risk of infection.

2. Apply an ice cube on the site of the bite to reduce swelling.

The ice also dampen the area and relieve some of the pain. The venom stimulates the pain receptors in the skin.

3.Use an antihistamine cream, in case of a very mild allergic reaction with mild redness or swelling.

You can also take antihistamine by mouth. Seek medical attention if you experience swelling or severe breathing problems.