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Posted: Sunday 10 January, 2010

by Rosemary at 12:56pm in Bees 2 comments Add your own

I start my beekeeping course on 26th January. I'm quite excited about it and a wee bit apprehensive. The best thing would be for me to be stung early on, so that I know how bad (or otherwise) it is - I've only been stung by a wasp once, when I was about six maybe, so Im pretty sure it's not as bad as I remember.

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Anke Sieker

Sunday 10 January, 2010 at 5:35pm

Try and get stung on your hands, its not too painful ((and will not swell up as bad as on your face or ears), I also often take an antihistamine before I go into my bees, especially if the weather is not absolutely right. Seems to reduce the swelling quite a bit.

I was stung on my first visit to the bees with an old beekeeper who taught me how to handle bees for the first year, and found it really helped to put me at ease for future visits. Still don't like it though...

Also old beekeepers often handle their bees without gloves, I find that putting on gloves ALL the time when I go near the hives just makes you much more confident in your handling - I think the bees also realise...

Ann

Monday 11 January, 2010 at 1:02am

A plantain leaf poultice will make a sting feel much better almost immediately. Good luck. Beekeeping is fun.

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