LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) Firefighters had to rescue a man and a woman during an active bee swarm Saturday.
At about 11:23 a.m., on May 11, 2019, San Bernardino County Firefighters were dispatched to a call of two people actively being stung by a swarm of bees on the 7900 block of Trading Post Road in Lucerne Valley.
Initially, firefighters were unable to make access to the two people due to the bee swarm and they had to utilize the stream of water from their hoses as protection while treating the victims, according to scanner traffic.
The man had hundreds of stingers left in his body, but was reportedly in stable condition and taken to St Mary’s Medical Center, scanner traffic reported.
The woman who was attacked had minor reactions to the bee bites and declined medical transportation.
The woman and four other children were unable to stay on the property as a result of the active bees.
Emergency crews rushed the woman and four children from the house in the awaiting ambulance. They were unable to access their personal vehicle as it was reportedly surrounded by bees, radio traffic confirmed. No other injuries were reported.
In 2017, a man walking in the 7400 block of Escondido Avenue in Oak Hills, died after he was stung hundreds of times by bees.
According to the City of Hesperia’s website, when participating in outdoor activities the following points can help you avoid unknowingly disturbing a hive:
- When participating in recreational activities, watch for numbers of bees flying around the vicinity and listen for buzzing sounds. If you encounter either, leave the area immediately.
- When picking out a picnic site or setting up camp, first scout the area for bees. Never let young children play in an area you have not checked for bees.
- Never climb into a hunting blind without checking for bees and beehives first. Watch for bees flying in or out of the blind.
- When hiking, listen and watch for bees. Never step on or turn over logs or rocks where bees may be nesting.
- When activities take you into outdoor areas where bees may be nesting, have an escape plan.
Should a bee, or bees sting you, it is important to remember the following:
- Everybody reacts in some way to stings.
- Most swell around the stung area. That is not the same as a systemic allergy. Less then 1 percent of the population has a systemic allergy to bee stings.
- Symptoms of a systemic allergy, obvious within 20 minutes of the sting, may include swelling of the tongue or throat, hives, dizziness or difficulty with breathing, loss of consciousness.
- For a normal, healthy person to receive a deadly dose of bee venom, it would take about 10 stings for each pound of body weight, or 1,500 stings at once for a 150-pound person.
- Because such a small percentage of the population is allergic, doctors do not recommend that everyone have an allergy test, but you can if you want to make sure.
- A honeybee only stings once, and then it dies.
- Honeybees are attracted to hair and dark colors.
- Regular honeybees will chase you about half the length of a football field. Africanized honeybees may pursue you three times that far.