Although known for their role in pollination and producing honey, bees can become a threat to homeowners when they build their hives near or inside homes. Bees are considered less dangerous than other stinging insects like wasps or hornets. In Malaysia, bees like honey bees and carpenter bees seldom sting unless they are provoked. However there are aggressive species such as the Africanized honey bees that will sting humans in large numbers, fortunately we’ve yet to spot any of them here.
Bee stings have the potential for an allergic reaction, resulting in anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock is a serious medical condition that requires immediate medical assistance and can even cause death.
Do not panic - If you find there are bees nearby keep calm and move slowly away.
Do not scream, flap your arms or swat them - This will just agitate them and make them more aggressive.
Avoid strong, sweet smells - Do not use highly perfumed fragrances, shampoos, hair sprays.
Avoid bright colours - Do not wear bright, bold floral patterns on clothes and bags, which could attract bees.
Avoid orchards - Or any soft fruit plants and even uncovered bins, where bees gather seeking food.
Avoid open drinks - If drink cans or bottles are left unattended, it may encourage bees to crawl inside.
Cover food and drink - Always keep food and drink covered when eating outdoors to deter bees.
Stay clean - Ensure children’s hands/faces are cleaned after eating sweet foods/drinks.
Learn more about bee species in Malaysia