Africanized Honeybees, or as they are commonly known ‘killer bees’, are a big problem in North America, and are particularly prevalent in the southern and western states. There are estimated to be around 2.5 million colonies across the country, making them something to be aware of ahead of any travel accident compensation claim.
How can I make sure that killer bees don’t cause me a holiday accident?
Generally killer bees should not be a major problem during your American holiday, but here are a few tips to make sure you are prepared:
- Steer Clear – The best way to avoid problems is to stay away from any hives or nests. As a rule, killer bees won’t bother you if you don’t bother them, so staying around 100 yards from any of their settlements is advisable. If being close to a hive or nest is unavoidable, be sure not to disturb them. Moving past slowly and carefully should see you avoid a holiday-based accident.
- Run Away – If you are unfortunate enough to disturb some bees, be sure to run away as quickly as possible. As a moving target you will be far less vulnerable than if you stand still, which is sometime believed to be the best way to avoid dangerous insects. If possible, run into the wind. The bees will struggle to fly into strong gusts, which could allow you to escape.
- Seek Shelter – Make your way to a building and shut yourself inside. Bees should be unable to make it inside a sealed area and will eventually disperse.
- Avoid Getting into Water – It may seem like a good idea to submerge yourself in a lake or river, but the bees are known to actually wait for you to surface.
- Wear Dark Clothes – Bees are attracted to bright colours, so dark greys and blacks are better shades to keep you safe.
- Protect Your Face – If being chased, protect your eyes and other areas that are sensitive.
- Seek Medical Advice – If you are stung you should seek medical attention immediately. Do not attempt to pluck stingers free, as this can actually do more damage.
There you have it, North America is a fine destination for any vacation, but it is best to make sure that killer bee don’t cause travel dramas. Follow our guide and you should make it through unscathed.
Date Published: November 10, 2013
Author: David Brown