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How To Prevent a Bee Sting

By Edited Dec 11, 2013 1 2

Bee stings hurt and can be dangerous to people who are allergic to them. Bee stings cause pain, redness, raised welts surrounding the site of the sting and itching. If you are the type of person who seems to be a target for Bees, there are some things you can do to deter the bees from stinging you.

Things You Will Need


Step 1

Take a Zinc supplement. Bees are naturally deterred from higher levels of Zinc in a person. Higher levels of Zinc means the higher side of normal. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking Zinc or any other supplement. Zinc supplements are available in health food stores and pharmacies.

Step 2

Dress in white or light beige colored clothing. Bees are attracted to dark colors. Bees tend to avoid or ignore lighter colors, especially white, which is why you see Beekeepers wear white. The darker the color of your clothing, the more likely a Bee will be attracted to you.

Step 3

Avoid sweet smelling perfumes, colognes, soaps and scented moisturizers. The sweet smelling scent will attract Bees and increase the likelihood of getting stung by a Bee. If you know you will be outside, skip any scented product. Use an unscented deodorant and moisturizer.

Bee stings cannot be avoided completely, but the risk can be reduced by following these guidelines.

Tips & Warnings

If you are allergic to Bee stings and are stung, seek emergency medical treatment.



Mar 2, 2010 4:21pm
Great information on preventing bee stings.
Jul 8, 2010 3:02am
Very informative! My first bee sting happened at Girl Scout camp. The bee landed on my shoulder and I thought it was a fly so I swat at it. NEVER swat at a bee. It didn't hurt much but I was startled and started crying. It took the nurse a while to calm me down.
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