my first bee sting

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

Villafranca di Verona 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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