Sting TreatmentRelax! Bee stings are painful and on isolated occasions cause severe reactions, but are generally harmless. Unlike many other insects, bees don’t spread any diseases. Bees venom is also beneficial, unless you are allergic to it. Scientific studies have shown that bee stings significantly lower the risk of arthritis, joint swelling and joint pain.First and foremost, remove the stinger immediately! If you leave the stinger in your skin, it will continue to release venom until it falls off by itself. While removing it, make sure you don’t pinch it—this might squeeze the remaining poison in your body. It is better to use your fingernails and scrape it off.Make sure the person stung is not experiencing an allergic reaction. If he has trouble breathing, feels dizzy immediately after the sting, or has a history of allergic reactions, better seek medical help right away. Also, make sure it was a bee sting rather than a wasp sting. Wasps’ venom is far more potent than bees’ one.Put some ice on the wounded area to cool it and prevent swelling. If the sting is on the lower part of the body, elevate it (or make the person lie). Remove any jewellery, especially rings, as they prevent the normal blood flow.Over-the-counter painkillers may relief pain associated with bee stings. It is more likely for the wound to itch rather than hurt. Either way, mix baking soda and water, and apply to the stung area.Wounds usually heal by themselves in less than a week. Infection is unlikely, but it is still a good idea to treat the stung area.Are Bees Pests?Honey bees are not considered a pest. They were probably the first domesticated insects. In fact, bee-keepers have been depicted on the walls of Ancient Egyptian temples.Honey bees aren’t just beneficial to humans—they are of a huge importance to the existence of life on earth. Bees are the prime pollinator of flowering plants. No matter which bees sting and make us uncomfortable, pesticides should never be used on them. Pollinators transmit pollens between different specimens of the same plant species. This fertilises the plants and is their only way of reproduction. Feral honey bees are the biggest pollinator on Earth, but in recent years their numbers have seen a drastic decrease.However they are still regarded as a wildlife nuisance. Feral bees often settle in human-made structures, especially in suburban areas and close to farmlands. They have venomous stings which cause irritating pain. Bees also emit a pheromone that is calling other members of the hive to attack the stung intruder. In severe cases, a bee sting can cause an allergic reaction, asphyxiation, swells and even death.Bees also express swarming behaviour. When a new queen is hatched, the old one leaves the hive, along with thousands of workers and drones. In search of a new place to call home, the swarm of bees behaves more aggressive than usual and is known to attack people if threatened. Still, such accidents are rare occurrences.