As a general rule, stay away from ALL honey bee swarms and colonies.
All bees in Southern California are now considered Africanized.
To be safe when outdoors, remember to "Bee Alert", "Bee Aware" of your surroundings and "Bee Smart" when you see bees, and follow the guidelines below:
|listen for humming of a bee colony or swarm when outdoors, and avoid areas with unusually high number of bees, there may be a nest nearby||provoke ANY bees that you may encounter|
|look for bees flying in and out of holes (e.g. tree hole, trash, water meter boxes, etc.)|| throw rocks or squirt water at a bee hive or a swarm|
|check area for bee activity before you operate power tools, prune trees or bushes, have a picnic, etc||swat at bees, if they attack; rapid movements will aggravate them and cause them to sting|
|check area for bee activity before you pen or tie up any animals.|
Quickly run away, covering your face and neck
Seek shelter inside a car or a building
quickly go to a safe area
remove stingers quickly by scraping them with fingernail, knife blade, or credit card
wash sting area with soap and water
apply ice pack for a few minutes to help relieve the pain and swelling
seek medical attention if breathing is troubled, if stung numerous times or if allergic to bee venom
In case of a multiple stinging emergency, please CALL 911!