Tuesday, June 30, 2015

my first bee sting

I got stung by one of my bees last Saturday. Ouch. It really hurt. It made me hurry to finish the hive inspection.

The bee stung me on my ankle through a thin sock. I tuck my pants into my socks because I once had bees trying to climb up my leg. (That was when I installed my packages on a cold rainy day this spring. The bees were all over me then, but not up to stinging - fortunately for me.)

My ankle hurt quite bad for a day, then itched really bad for two days. It didn't really swell much. I hope I don't develop an allergy. I've had a bunch of bee stings before, so I don't think I will.

From now on, I'll wear my plastic boots to protect my ankles. I don't think I'm ever going to be one of those cool bee keepers who goes bear handed and without protection.

I did know that my bees were annoyed with me before the sting. My smoke kept running out and it was taking me a very long time to inspect the whole hive. It seems there's a balance for inspections between moving slow and getting the job over with. Especially with a jam packed hive of bees.


  1. Eventually you'll have enough immunity that the sting won't even cause an itch (I still haven't reached that point but a lot of the older beekeepers I watch get stung 4-6 times without an issue).

    Remember to smoke the area after a sting to get rid of the alarm pheromones that she left.

    3 years in and I still will wear a veil, though I do wear shorts and a t-shirt to check on their honey production and long pants to perform a hive inspection.

  2. On the other hand, some say for certain individuals there is a threshold of bee stings then one becomes extremely allergic.
    Be careful!! Yes, wear your rubber boots.

  3. I got two tiny half stings today through heavy pants. That should help build up my immunity ..