Bees love our gardens as much as we do, and that’s a good thing when you consider that bees are our best pollinators. The down side to having bees in your garden is the potential for getting stung by one of these winged pollinators. Bee stings not only hurt, but many people have allergic reactions to bee stings. Don’t give up gardening for fear of getting stung by bees, wasps, yellow jackets or the like, there are several things you can do to avoid getting stung while gardening.
Don’t wear bright colored clothing while gardening, especially bold floral patterned clothing. For obvious reasons,, these clothing colors and patterns attract bees. Wear clothing in neutral earth tones when gardening like browns, greens and grays. Most gardening gloves for women are made with bright colored floral patterned fabric, while the gardening gloves look nice, they attract bees. Opt for a more masculine type of glove for gardening, it won’t be as attractive to bees and will help you avoid getting stung on the hand when you reach for a garden vegetable or flowers.
Avoid wearing perfume when gardening, which will attract bees to you. Any floral smell from perfume, soap or lotion will make you a target for the little stingers buzzing around your garden like bees and mosquitoes.
If you notice bees around your flowers, move slowly when performing gardening tasks. Rapid movements seem to agitate bees and make them more likely to sting. Should a bee land on your hand or arm while you are gardening, be still and do nothing. The bee will in all probability fly off on it’s own without stinging. Initial reaction to a bee landing us is to flail our hands and scream like a girl, this reaction will agitate the bee and get you stung.
Always wear shoes when gardening to avoid getting stung. Bees and yellow jackets nest in the ground. The soft, mulched soil of a garden is a prime location for yellow jackets nests and bees prefer a grassy location near your garden for their nests. When gardening, be on the lookout for ground area that has a lot of bee or yellow jacket activity which will indicate an underground nest.
Basically, if you don’t look good or smell good and are observant when you are gardening, you will avoid being stung by bees.
Bees and other winged stinging creatures will always be attracted to the fragrant blooms of vegetables and flowers and the yellow jackets will cover and devour any rotting vegetable or fruit. The potential for getting stung while gardening will always be there for us gardener’s, but by following these simple tips, you get lessen the risk of getting stung and hopefully go through the entire gardening season without being stung at all.