On a Vacation Hike and Disturb a Honey Beehive? Here’s what to do.

When we’re on vacation, we’re not familiar with all the surroundings.  What if you’re on a hike and disturb a honey bee nest?  It’s all fun and good to talk about “ugh…we got stung by a bee” but when you’re attacked by a hive and receive several bee stings, it can become dangerous.  If you or someone in your group is allergic to bee stings, it can be deadly.

  • Look around before stepping through brush since vibrations from walking, climbing, and music can incite honey bees into assaulting.
  • If you discover a disregard it.  DO NOT. We repeat:  DO NOT  annoy them, splash them with water or toss rocks at their hive.
  • Swarming honey bees frequently are finding another hive and tend not to be forceful. Disregard them.
  • Often honey bees will give you an admonition and hit you with their body — a sort of “head butting” — before they assault.
  • If you are assaulted, run in a straight line to escape from the honey bees. A few honey bees may pursue an individual up to a large portion of a mile in a level, open region.
  • Hike with locals or make it a guided hike.  People who are familiar with the area are more apt to know if there are bee issues in the area.
  • Wear light-colored clothing as bees usually don’t go after white or light cloth.  Bees have adapted to recognize dark colors of honey badgers, bears and other furred animals to be a threat.
  • Don’t jump into water to avoid bees.  It doesn’t work.  Bees will wait until you surface and then attack.

According to Carl Olson, and entomologist expert currently teaching at the University of Arizona, “Honeybees are pretty good at warning people away,” he says. “Just as a rattlesnake will vibrate its tail as a warning, the first honeybees out of a hive will bump the person invading, saying ‘Leave!’.”

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