As we head towards the end of spring and into early summer, it’s a busy time for bees, yellow jackets, and other flying insects.
Bees spend springtime looking for new sources of nectar and pollen while also reproducing and finding new places to build hives. Wasps are out and about as well, looking for food and building new nests.
Bees, wasps, and hornets remain active at other times of the year as well - but due to their increased activity level, your chances of encountering flying insects while out and about increase during the spring and summer months.
For the most part, these insects avoid stinging humans whenever possible. However, stings do happen, normally when a person startles a bee or stumbles upon a wasp unexpectedly.
When you get stung, venom from the stinger is released into your body. As a result, your body is going to have some kind of reaction.
For most people, stings are painful, but are a brief annoyance – the pain from the sting starts to lessen after a few hours, even if it may take a couple of days to fully dissipate.
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