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Africanized honey bees are also Killer bees. They are a type of bee that persistently look after their hive. You might be wondering about the title, killer bee. It can be a bit misrepresentative title as the bee is, in fact, small in size. Also, its sting is less lethal as compared to other bee types. Nevertheless, killer bees can be dangerous if you provoke them and will sting you ruthlessly. Thus, if you are attacked by killer bees, here are a few steps you must take to protect yourself and avoid being stung:
1. Run –Just as Fast as You Can
Isn't it the most obvious and most instinctive solution? Really, when you realize you are going to get attacked by killer bees or they are already upon you, run just as fast as your feet can carry you. These bees use pheromones as an alarm to alert other bees in the beehive of the threatening situation. So if they perceive you as a threat, they would attack you. Longer you stay around, more bees would arrive to attack you. So be wise and run as soon as the bees look ready to sting you.
2. Cover Yourself Immediately
Now when you are amongst the bees, find something to cover yourself. Usually, it is wise to keep yourself covered when you are moving to an area where there are beehives. If you have a jacket, coat or anything else with you, you can use it to cover your head. It would help you protect your eyes and face if possible. Obviously, cover your head in such a way so that it won't obstruct your vision. And you can run away to a safe place easily.
3. Cover, Run And Get Indoors
Covering and running would be a beginning when it comes to saving yourself from aggravated killer bees. But what you would do after that. Get somewhere inside a building like your house as quickly as possible. If there is no building nearby, get inside a shed or a vehicle. Then close the doors and keep the windows shut so that bees couldn't reach you. If you are unable to find a shelter, just keep running. African honey bees can come after you for about a quarter of a mile. After that, they might leave you alone.
4. Don't Stay Still
When bees are attacking you, don't stay still. Do whatever you need to do to protect yourself from stinging bees. They won't stop even if you stay still. Also, do not swipe at the bees or move your arms around to keep them away. This will only further confirm that you are a threat and they might attack you with more ferocity. Also, don't jump in the water to avoid bees as they will wait for you until you come out.
If you have already been stung by bees before getting to a secured place, remove the sting from your skin. Once you are in a secure place, take a blunt object and remove the stinger from your skin. If you have suffered many stings, visit a medical practitioner immediately.