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How To Avoid Getting Stung By A Swarm Of Bees

Bees are pictured in the Nieh Lab at UC San Diego in this undated photo.

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Above: Bees are pictured in the Nieh Lab at UC San Diego in this undated photo.

How To Avoid Getting Stung By A Swarm Of Bees


Hilary Kearney, beekeeper, Girl Next Door Honey


Bee attacks in San Diego County have made headlines this month.

In one incident last week in Rancho Bernardo a woman walking with her baby and a dog was attacked by a swarm of bees and had to be hospitalized.

A previous incident earlier in the month at Mission Trails Regional Park involved two hikers.

Hilary Kearney is a beekeeper and owns Girl Next Door Honey. She said these bee attacks are likely happening because bees are plentiful this season due to the end of the drought. Spring and summer is also when groups of bees break off from existing hives to start new hives, she said.

Kearney said that the recent incidents are increasing fear in people, which causes them to react poorly around bees. She said if you are surrounded by bees, you should avoid swatting at them and back away or walk away. When you swat at bees it angers them and they are more likely to sting.

She said that it is important to remove hives near your home because as they get bigger the bees get more aggressive and can be aggravated by things, such as the vibrations of a lawn mower.

Kearney joins Midday Edition on Tuesday to give more context around the recent bee attacks.


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