How to Survive a Killer Bee Attack

Africanized honeybees, also called killer bees, can be far more aggressive than other types. Here's how to survive when they're on the rampage.

You will need

  • The ability to run quickly
  • Soap and water
  • A flat
  • straight-edged object (optional)

Step 1 Run Run away as quickly as possible. Avoid swatting or crushing any bees, as this will only worsen the attack. Getting out of there as fast as you can is the best way to neutralize them. Run for at least 100 yards.

Step 2 Protect your head As you run, pull your shirt over your head to protect your ears, eyes, nose, and mouth. If you can’t do that, use your hands to protect your face, leaving spaces between your fingers so you can see.

Step 3 Find shelter Immediately seek the shelter of a building or vehicle. A few bees might follow you indoors, but in a well-lit area the bees can become confused and head for a window.

Step 4 Get the stingers out Once you reach safety, scrape the stingers out of your skin using your fingernails or any other flat, straight-edged surface. Never pull stingers out with your fingers or tweezers. That will just squeeze more venom into your skin.

Step 5 Clean the welts When the stingers are out, clean the welts with soap and water like you would any other wound.

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