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Old 07-30-2018, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I also had an intense fear of them while growing up. A fear I learned from my mother. When I was just a toddler if she had me outside playing and a bee came around, she'd scream, run into the house and slam the screen door. With me still outside with the bee, lol. Anyway. It depends on what you get stung by and where you get stung as to how much it hurts. I got stung a few times when I was younger and more afraid. Now, I guess I just got used to them being around. They're hard to avoid in Alabama. But funny thing is, once I made my peace with them and quit running and hiding, I haven't been stung in several decades now. I leave them alone and they leave me alone. But, like you, once upon a time I just wouldn't go outside if they were there. I think I must have just gotten tired of being afraid and looking like the only idiot around when a bee came by and I was the only one screaming, running in circles and arm flailing about.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Just remember that the bee flying near you has never stung anyone in its life.
LOL, likely true. They are not flying about searching for someone to sting.

I was once stung 23 times by yellow jackets....stepped in their nest as a kid.
Don't do that...step in their nest

Don't swat at them either. Have someone get rid of any nests on your property.

Could you just sit still with bees close by? Get used to them being present in the world? They aren't evil...
If not get some helpful info from a therapist.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Phobias aren’t rational. You just can’t logically decide to stop having one, but a few sessions with a phobia specialist really works. You could get tested to see if you are allergic; most people aren’t. Try to learn about how important bees are to the environment. Without bees we would not have as many crops.

I really have developed a great affection for them. Bees are such hard working little creatures. I’m in my flower garden a lot, and have never been stung. I try not to disturb them and they are harmless.

Wasps and hornets are different. I would stear clear of them, and exterminate any nests in my yard.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:24 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I've been stung several times in my life. It is an intense and searing pain. Imagine being stuck by a needle that was dipped in fire. The pain radiates to the immediate area. And if you are allergic, that area will swell up and could be life threatening depending on where you were stung and how allergic you are.

Having said that. They won't bother you unless you bother them. The times I got stung were my own fault, or bad luck. Once I hit one with my face while riding my bike. Bee got caught in my helmet and stung my face. Another time I was working in my yard and disturbed a nest, those little bastards chased me across my yard, stung my hand as I swatted at them running.
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:05 AM
 
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Also some people seem to have a problem distinguishing wasps from bees. They are very different creatures yet many times get lumped all together.
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:18 AM
 
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I've been stung several times in my life. It is an intense and searing pain. Imagine being stuck by a needle that was dipped in fire. The pain radiates to the immediate area. And if you are allergic, that area will swell up and could be life threatening depending on where you were stung and how allergic you are.

Having said that. They won't bother you unless you bother them. The times I got stung were my own fault, or bad luck. Once I hit one with my face while riding my bike. Bee got caught in my helmet and stung my face. Another time I was working in my yard and disturbed a nest, those little bastards chased me across my yard, stung my hand as I swatted at them running.
Tad dramatic and oh so helpful to someone already afraid.
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:22 AM
 
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Getting stung is no worse than sticking your finger with a sewing needle...not pleasant but not rolling on the ground writhing in pain, either.

Now, allergic reactions to the venom can be concerning, but without either a sting or testing, you won't know if this is an issue.

If they are constantly around you on your porch, then you need to find the source and eliminate or move it.

2 weeks ago, I got stung by hornets in 7 different places. Oddly enough, the sting on my finger, close to my knuckle, was the worst. That one hurt like arthritic pain. It was very painful. The rest of the stings, at first, I felt like I fell into a rose bush or something, and I got welts from all of them.


Eventually, they all just turned into itchy bites, but like I said, that one on my finger hurt pretty bad. I would of been useless if that kind of pain had gone along with all the other stings I got.
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:34 AM
 
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I DO think it MIGHT help your phobia, to know there are different levels of aggression when it comes to things with stingers. LOL


Honey bees..., well mostly all bees...they're not going to bother you unless they're disturbed...like somehow you stumbled into their hive. Just sharing your garden...all their doing is gathering their nectar. Not looking for a fight.


Wasps...the kind we get out in the country, are mostly just interested in minding their own business. I've never been stung by a wasp, even though I'm often in close proximity. Where they are, and where I am...they're just not that aggressive.


And then there's the sweat bees. They're annoying, and they're the critters likely to crawl into an open soda can, so why it's best to keep some kind of lid on your sodas on picnics and such.


And then there's the hornets. I hate hornets. They will chase you when you've somehow crossed them. And if you have 1 angry hornet, you have 10 or more. And they hurt when they sting.


Knowing what you're dealing with is half the battle. If I were you, I'd get an exterminator out to your home, and look for wasp and hornet nests.


And if honey bees are going to freak you out, then you should probably get rid of flowers in your yard.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:42 AM
 
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I was stung by a bee once and it wasn't that painful. I think hornet and wasp stings are worse.

Honeybees aren't aggressive. I've had 20 of them at once getting water from my fountain during a drought. They didn't bother me at all (and I didn't bother them).

I agree get tested to make sure you're not allergic and then go see a professional who deals with phobias to help you get over it.
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:55 AM
 
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Spend time with them. Study them, observe them. Knowledge is the antidote to fear in some cases.

R U serious ! I got stung under the fingernail on my ring finger/left hand -- in the "old" days when I was taking dry sheets off the line outside. My finger swelled so much, not to mention the abject pain, I had to go to the ER where they cut my wedding ring off. I never hung out laundry again, and am totally scared now of stinging insects; they are nothing to take lightly. And I'm not going to a shrink to 'get over it' either.
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