One of the worst scenarios while doing outdoor activity is getting a bee sting. Yes, it must be painful, isn’t it? From various species of bees, some people might rarely get stung by carpenter bees. They aren’t dangerous like most other bees. They rarely sting humans unless get provoked or feel their territory threatened. However, if you are unluckily get stung, you can treat the swelling by following the following instruction. Check out the details!
How Carpenter Bees Look Alike?
Usually, carpenter bees are often mistaken by bumblebees due to the same black and yellow hairy body part. However, unlike bumblebee, carpenter bee has the black shiny tail section. They have a body as big as a small peanut. Commonly, the bee lives alone and build nest individually. However, you will find that their nest will be placed near each other.
The name ‘carpenter‘ is coming from their capability to be able drilling holes in the wood. However, they don’t eat the wood. They only build a tunnel in the wood then discard the wooden particles and sometimes reuse them to build cells. Despite their strong capability, not all these solitary bees can sting humans. They don’t and even can’t sting humans. The male bee doesn’t have stinger so they will give no harm to humans. Meanwhile, the female bee has the stinger, but they rarely sting unless they feel disturbed or threatened around their nest.
The Symptoms of Carpenter Bee Sting
Carpenter bee sting might also have the similar symptoms of other bee stings, including:
- localized pain
- burning feeling
In rare cases, some people are allergic to bee venom so they might experience severe symptoms including nausea, fever, severe pain, the difficulty of breathing, faint, and other more. If you experience those worst symptoms, you should call your doctor immediately to ask for professional treatment.
How to Treat the Sting?
The first aid treatment when you get the carpenter bees sting, including:
- Move indoors and stay away from the bee’s nest while keeping the affected area below the heart all the times.
- Don’t touch or squeeze the sting on your skin. Squeezing will only release the venom sac into your skin and worsening the damage.
- Use your fingernail, butter knife, tweezers, or similar things to gently remove any stingers.
- After you ensure that the stinger has been removed, you can treat the sting with cold compresses.
- Check your medical counter and apply some pain medication on the affected area to treat the swelling.Some people might recommend compressing with meat tenderizer that contains with Papain to relieve the sting feeling.
- If the symptoms are worsening after a few days, go to see a doctor immediately and ask for anti-venom first aid kit for future prevention.
How to Prevent Bees Damage?
Carpenter bees nest can be found not only outdoors, but also indoors which increase the risk of the bee sting. They can build a nest near the wooden materials such as wood overhangs, decks, or other exposed woods on your house. Woods like cedar, redwood, and cypress are the most favorite materials to build their tunnels. They aren’t the destructive insect. Moreover, they are also well-known as pest-resistant. However, the discarded yellowish-brown wooden waste due to their building tunnel activity may show up outside. They might also cause serious damage to a home structure if they build several nests near each other over the several successive years.
If your home structure is in a risk, what you should do is doing the routine inspection. If you find any, you can use some homemade remedies to treat the infestations. You can spray the nest with white vinegar solutions and double spray with a mix solution of cooking oil and garlic. Once the nest is empty, remove it and clean the area with soapy water. Call the professional if you need further help.
Now, you can easily treat the sting and reduce the carpenter bees damage on you and your home structure!