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Stings can be serious
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · May 1st, 2017

When you are working outdoors in your yard, it isn't likely that you will be stung, but it is always a possibility.

Most bees and wasps will not sting, though, unless they are provoked and usually not when they are looking for food. If they do sting, it is probably because you are close to their nest and they are defending it.

The only bee in North America which has a stinger it will leave in you is the honey bee. Be sure to remove the stinger as soon as possible.

If stung by a native pollinator, calmly move away from the area, as you were close to a nest.

Most people have only a mild reaction to bee and wasp stings and then only at the site of the sting. However, you should monitor yourself carefully in case you react more severely.

Things to watch out for if stung:

Swelling someplace else on the body


Difficulty breathing

Hoarseness or problem speaking


If any of these symptoms occur, get medical help immediately.
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