Bee Keeper Encourages People to Wait for Bees Pull Stingers Out on Their Own

You've probably already heard: bees are in danger. According to, "Since 2006 beekeepers have been noticing their honeybee populations have been dying off at increasingly rapid rates." 

It stands to reason, then, that those who are concerned about preserving bee populations are constantly on the look-out for little ways we can all help give bees a better chance at survival.

This particular beekeeper has a new suggestion: don't swat at a bee if it stings you.

Now, that might seem like a shocking suggestion at first. After all, in this situation, you've just been stung by a bee, right? It hurts, and you want it to stop, and you want to get rid of the bee as quickly as possible. What does this guy expect?

But here's the thing: If the bee's stinger gets removed from its body, the bee dies. However, if you relax and give it time to free itself, that bee will probably be able to remove its stinger in 30 seconds or so, with a little effort. It will be able to fly away safely.

The beekeeper shows what he's talking about very calmly in this video:

Unfortunately, you can't be un-stung. That's not what this is about. But try to remember: the bee probably only stung you in the first place because it was afraid and trying to scare you away from its family. 

Your sting will probably be pretty uncomfortable whether you swat the bee or let it free itself. But if you don't swat it, that's one more little endangered critter who gets to stay alive and help save its species for a while.

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