Do's and Don'ts: how to protect yourself from a swarm of bees

Posted at 11:30 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 02:30:30-04

Two women were hiking near East Fortuna trail in Mission Trails Regional Park last week, when they were stung numerous times by a swarm of bees. Thankfully, the women were San Diego Fire-Rescue. But the situation brings this question to mind - what do you do if you encounter an angry swarm of bees?

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10News Reporter Bree Steffen suited up with Beekeeper Hilary Kearney, who runs Girl Next Door Honey

She taught Bree the do's and don'ts of dealing with bees.

Hilary says you're mostly likely to be attacked near a bee hive, since they defend their hives and they'll try to target your face first. Bees are most active during the day and return home to the hive at night.

The best way to protect yourself - don't swat at the bees and just stay calm. If you can, move away slowly. If you can't, stand very still.

Hillary says the best thing you can do is retreat into a house or car.

"Don't worry if you have bees following you or if they're on you even, because once you get inside they'll leave you usually to go to the windows because they get really disoriented when they're inside of a room," she said. "I know it's really hard but if you can try not to swat and try to stay calm."

She hopes teaching people what to do when they're around bees, will help them appreciate their charm.

"They're really cute when you look at their faces," she said. "They have little heart faces."


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Kearney teaches Intro to Beekeeping classes and also helps with tours and education.

If you have bees that you need to be removed, click here for a list of people that will remove them.