THE DANGER: Bee stings generally don't pose a big threat, but if someone who is allergic is stung, they often require a hospital visit or the immediate use of an EpiPen to prevent any negative consequences such as airways closing up leading to potential death. While death is extremely rare, wasp stings can still lead to pain and suffering for those who enjoy the outdoors. PREVENTION: Whether or not you personally are allergic to wasps, it's not a bad idea to carry an EpiPen. You never know who may need it. Furthermore, when working around the house be sure to check in gutters, under porches and in alcoves near the roof - all spots that wasps like to build nests. If you find a beehive on your property take the proper precautions to safely eliminate the problem. 1) Use an approved bee spray which can be found at a local hardware store or Wal-Mart. 2) Attack the nest at night, when most of the bees are in or on the nest 3) Leave the area after spraying and wait overnight to check for activity. If the bees are all dead, remove the nest and dispose of it in the trash. Read more about treating bee stings onEMedicineHealth.com.
Judi Bottoni, Associated Press
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