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How to deal with a bee sting

Video: How to deal with a bee sting

August 4, 2014 — 

August is the beginning of wasp and bee season in Manitoba as these stinging insects become much more active. In late summer the larvae hatch and the new insects leave the nest in search of food. Although wasps and bees are little more than a nuisance to most Manitobans, they can be a real threat to those with allergies.

So what should you do if you do get stung by a bee? Should you use an onion? Would a penny work?

Professor Rob Currie, head of the department of entomology at the University of Manitoba, gets stung by a honey bee and dispels some of the myths of how to treat a bee sting.

What’s your favourite method for dealing with a wasp or bee sting?


3 comments on “Video: How to deal with a bee sting

  1. Matt Hildebrand

    Plantain (Plantago major), a common plant found in most peoples’ yards, contains effective anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial compounds. Simply chewing a couple of leaves and applying the paste to the sting site is quite effective in reducing inflammation and irritation.

  2. Steve

    Good morning.
    I have a wasps or bee nest in my back yard.
    Its attached to the underside of a samll wooden table.
    Not sure if thats something your organization could use?
    I dont want the table back, so if you could use it, you caould take the nest and table.
    If not, whats would be the best way for me to get rid of the nest.
    I would rather not kill them with a spray..
    Thanks .

    1. Sean Moore


      We have no need for the table and nest, but thank you.
      If you do not want to kill them, winter will, so you can just wait it out.

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