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Bee Sting Remedy

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Most Popular Sting Remedies

1. At my last visit to my doctors office the nurse mentioned that they were seeing many patients with bee stings. I asked her what was the most popular home remedy for bee stings and what she would recommend. She said that probably the most popular remedy to ease the pain and itching of a bee or wasp sting is apple cider vinegar.  If that's not available plain old vinegar will work just fine. Vinegar is something that most folks keep on hand so it is used more than anything else.

2. Myself and two of my fellow exterminators prefer to use Adolfs meat tenderizer mixed with a small amount of water. Its easy to carry in the glove box of your truck and lasts forever.

3. Ice works just as well as any treatment I've tried. Just place an ice cube on the sting for 10 or 15 minutes at a time as needed. Takes away the pain and also the swelling. Ice works best on stings to the lip, eye, or delicate parts of the face. Also works well on your pet if it happens to get stung. Ice works well on small children because it numbs the pain quickly and it's easy to apply. Ice is a very popular remedy because it's almost always available.

4. Recently a friend of mine told me that he was bitten on the lip by a bumble bee, but said it didn't hurt much because he had immediately put a dab of baking soda on it. I told him that bees do not bite as they don't have teeth, although the honeybee queens have sharp, teeth-like mandibles that can be used for cutting, I was glad to hear the baking soda took away the pain since I was the one that gave him the remedy.

5. And finally, probably the oldest remedy for a bee sting is mud. one part dirt and one part water placed on the sting and the pains are gone. Why it works I don't know, but it really does seem to work and it's always available. I remember as a child running home crying to my mother after being stung many times at a neighborhood kickball game and she plastered me with mud. It really seemed to take the pain and the swelling away.

The least popular and most unusual  sting remedy I know of is to rub a crushed cockroach on the sting area to relieve pain. Most types of cockroaches are filth bugs and carry bacteria so this is one I don't recommend.


  1. Use soap and water to gently cleanse the area of the bee stings. Repeat cleansing of the bee sting area two or three times a day until stings are healed.  

   2.   Mix a paste of baking soda and water and    apply it to  bee stings. Leave the paste on for 15 or 20 minutes at a time.

  3. First aid treatment--Take aspirin, acetaminophin, or ibuprofen to stop pain from bee stings. Consider using additional treatment remedies for pain, itching and infection cause by bee sting

4. Put Half an onion on stings to help stop the pain and swelling

5. Put a tiny dab of household ammonia on a bee sting or check your pharmacy for over-the-counter medicines made with ammonia that  can be used to treat  bee sting's

Barbed Honeybee Stinger --- Straight Wasp Stinger

The barbed stinger of a bee hooks onto the skin and is sometimes pulled loose from the bee when the sting is completed. The bee can usually only sting you once, but humans with very soft skin (a small child) may be stung numerous times since the barbs don't always become attached.

The smooth straight stinger of a wasp remains attached when the sting is complete. The wasp can sting numerous times

Bee Sting Questions
Question: What Type Of Sting Hurts The Most

These are only my opinions and are not based on any scientific facts.
Occasionally I am asked "what type of bee or wasp sting hurts the most". I'm sure it probably depends on how much venom is pumped into the sting area, or how sensitive that area of your body is but my vote goes to the white-faced hornet. They not only try to sting you in the face, but do it with lots of speed and force. While spraying a hornets nest that was about 15 feet high, I was hit in the face repeatedly, with such force they knocked me off my ladder. Fortunately I was wearing a bee suit and fell onto a bush.

Second place in my opinion goes to the bumble bee. On two different occasions I have received very painful stings from them while wearing a bee suit.

The least painful I have received were from some small, early summer, yellow jackets which felt more like mosquito bites than stings.

What are the symtoms of an allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting?
* A pale or sweaty appearance following insect bites or a bee sting.
* Difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest.
* Swelling around eyes, lips, tongue or throat, sometimes indicated by a hoarse voice.
* Hives, itching or swelling in areas other than the site of bee sting or insect bite.
* Numbness.
* Dizziness.
* Nausea or vomiting.
* Unconsciousness.

See a doctor right away if any of these symtoms occur.

Bee Sting Facts

If the stinger is removed within 15 seconds, the severity of the bee sting is greatly reduced. Be sure to remove or scrape the stinger out with a credit card or something similar. Grabbing on to a stinger with tweezers or your fingernails will pump more venom into the sting area. A bee can only sting you once but wasps and yellowjackets can sting numerous times and do not leave a stinger. 

40 to 50 people die each year  in the U.S. from bee stings

Bees communicate with each other through pheromones, which are chemicals they emit in certain situations. For instance, when a bee stings, it releases a type of pheromone that tells the other bees there is a threat to the hive. This will make them sting, too.

Typically, a bee is not aggressive. most stings are for defense, not attack. Honey bees die when they sting. Preventing a bee sting is best for all concerned. Traditional insect repellants are of no use in preventing a bee sting. What does work?

Effective prevention means not attracting bees and not frightening them if they are present. Avoid wearing perfume and hair spray. Prevention techniques are especially important in the fall, when most bee stings occur. It takes 2 million visits to flowers by a bee to make one pound of honey. In the autumn, as flowers disappear,  a bee will search more widely for food and take more risks.

Remedies for insect bites 
Chigger bite cure --To stop the pain and itching of chigger bites, rub with a moist aspirin tablet. 

Soak insect bites or mosquito bites in salt water to stop pain and itching or applying a paste of salt mixed into lard or cold cream works good.