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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if I am stung by a bee?

A: Honey bees leave their sting behind in your skin and this continues to pump venom into you for a few minutes. You should therefore scrape it off straight away with something with a straight edge. You may have to improvise, but this can be done with a long fingernail, a blunt knife, or even the edge of a credit card. If the sting is on or near your hands, remove any rings straight away in case of swelling. Stings hurt for a while and may itch for a few days, but usually there are no serious effects. However, some people can be severely affected, so if you have any symptoms away from the site of the sting or are concerned, particularly if you are having difficulty breathing, seek medical advice straight away.

Q: There is a swarm of bees in my garden. What should I do?

A: Swarming bees look spectacular, but they are usually not aggressive. However, it is best to keep children and pets safely indoors. Do not try to scare the bees away by waving your arms wildly at them or throwing water at them as this is liable to aggravate them. Swarms that have settled in the open, for example in a bush or hanging from a branch, usually move off to a permanent site within a few hours. If the bees are easily accessible, a local beekeeper may be willing to remove the swarm. A search on the internet can often locate a telephone number of a local beekeeping association and they may be able to tell you how to contact a local beekeeper.

Q: How many honey bees are there in a colony?

A: At the height of the season an average sized colony can contain 50, 000 bees.

Q: I have heard that honey and other bee products are good for our health. Is this true?

A: Yes. The antibacterial activity of honey is well established and is becoming recognized - again - as a useful wound dressing for ulcers and burns, promoting tissue regrowth and attacking deep-seated infections. It is also effective against the bacteria Helicobacter pylori that cause stomach ulcers. Propolis (bee glue) is a substance made by the bees from tree resins and wax. It contains phenols and flavonoids that have antibacterial properties. Some popular propolis products are mouth-washes and sore throat pastels. (Caution: some people are allergic to propolis). Two other bee products are pollen and royal jelly - the health giving properties of these are less well documented in the scientific literature. Lastly bee venom/sting therapy is gaining popularity for many health problems such as arthritis and MS, however caution should be taken as it has not been proven to be effective and people can suffer an allergic reaction.

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A Touch of Honey®
PO Box 127, Linton,
ND 58552 United States
Telephone: +1.866.236.0230