Have you ever been in a situation where you feel a sudden itching on your body, and spontaneously it disappears, and you can’t even figure out what’s what? This might be an attack by Sweat Bees. Sweat Bees are very tiny microorganisms (between 0.125 to 0.5 inches), which can cause a bit of discomfort to the human body. One annoying thing about these bees is that they are usually found in areas where there is water and where humans go to relax. Places such as pools and beaches are typically potential targets. The purpose of this is to get their tiny proboscis into the human body and enjoy licking the salty sweat on the body. This small microscopic organism usually fancies indulging in moist regions to maintain a lower body temperature and at the same time derive pleasure from licking salts, and this is achieved by being on the lookout for body sweats. Sweat bees lick sweat to taste the concentration of salt in it. Like how a snack can be enjoyed as part of a dessert, salts from human endeavors are well relished by sweat bees. It is sad to note that, in licking the efforts, sweat bees are prone to stinging the body of the individual, which may cause repulsion and itching effect on the victim, which makes it imperative for people to get rid of sweat bees. Despite the economic importance of sweat bees, including pollination and the likes, the discomforting effect it inflicts on humans cannot be condoned. Hence, there is an exigency to get rid of sweat bees and prevent them from coming near our environment not to talk of stinging us. Fortunately, the good news is that getting rid of sweat bees can be a fun and enchanting experience if only we can follow a few pros and cons.
How to Get Rid of Sweat Bees in the Pool
Firstly, one way of getting rid of sweat bees is by spraying them with a liquid mixture: which would ordinarily contain a combination of detergent and hot water inside a bottle. This liquid should be poured lavishly around the pool region, and its smell would widely drive away sweat bees. One can get rid of sweat bees by getting a natural and non-toxic insecticide, and spraying them around the pool, as this would chiefly repel sweat bees far away from anywhere near the pool. And last but not least, one can get buckets of water, and set them at designated areas a bit far from the pool, and put a dish of sprite near each of the buckets to attract the sweat bees to it. This would divert the movement of the sweat bees towards the pool, and they would move instead towards the dish of sprite where they would be drowned by the bucket of water close to it.
These methods are useful and very handy in expurgating sweat bees and sending them far away from your pool. As part of control measures in curbing the presence of sweat bees at the pool, the woods’ proximity should be checked, and these woods should be removed if possible or sprayed with repellant to remove sweat bees from them. This will cut the chances of invasion of sweat bees in the area.
Sweat Bees Sting
Sadly, like every other bee, sweat bees’ sting can be very repulsive and troubling, which may escalate into itching and other complications. Interestingly, people get stung less often by sweat bees, and some people may show symptoms when stung by it.
Apart from the common symptom of itching, sweat bees sting may cause pale or flushed skin, swelling on the face or lip, bums on skin, dizziness, sore throat, difficulty breathing and swallowing, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, slight fever, headache, and may also lead to Anaphylaxis for people who are allergic to bee’s sting. As prevention is better than cure, it is safer to place the measures that would scare them away from your surroundings. But, should you be stung by a sweat bee, there is no reason to panic as you can always apply the necessary treatment for curing the sting. A few health centers are specialized in treatments and control of sweat bees, and you can always contact them when necessary.
Severe cases of a sting may make the service of these specialists to be necessary. While consulting a specialist upon being stung by a sweat bee, be careful not to scratch the surface of your skin where you were stung, as this can result in a wound and may also result in you getting infected.
Sweat bee sting treatment
In case one gets stung by a sweat bee, it is pertinent to know the proper treatment and remedy for this situation. Getting the right treatment for bee sting is relatively easy and can be done at the comfort of your home by following a few steps. One failsafe way one can treat the sting of sweat bees is by first and foremost removing the venom. Sweat bees sting usually insert poison on the area where it stings. One can release the venom using a small object like a credit card or something similar to help pull out the stinger. When carrying out the operation, one must be careful not to get pierced on the skin, leading to infection. When stung, one should avoid scratching the area where they get stung as this can worsen itching and may also lead to disease and injury. To remove the venom; the next step is to cool the area you got stung with cold water, which can be done by dipping a towel inside cold water and rubbing the site using an ice cube. Afterward, one can take a pain reliever and apply calamine lotion to the stung area. Wet the stung area with vinegar and apply the aspirin tablet on the spot. By so doing, the victim is relieved of the pain. But, in a situation where someone experiences multiple bites and a lot of itching or other complications due to allergies, it is advisable to dial the emergency or seek urgent medical attention as quickly as possible. The stinger of sweat bees can be disastrous, especially when treated adequately within a short time. This could result in a lot of itching and may further worsen symptoms. So, it is suitable to treat sweat bees to prevent its effect from getting out of hand; and a quick observance of these steps can do this.
Why are sweat bees so bad this year?
However, due to climate change, which culminated into hot weather conditions, sweat bees are becoming more terrible this year. Global warming is making the Earth more desirable and leading to high body temperature for humans. This leads to an increase in human perspiration, a clarion call for sweat bees to hunt for human sweats. The consequences of this are revealed in the late upsurge of sweat bees in our communities. Sweat bees are happy when there is heat, which would mean more significant sweat from the human population. You might need to be more cautious when passing areas close to lakes or rivers or other water bodies, as these adventurous creatures are always seeking respite at this area to receive fresh air outside and hope to land on the sweat of any human to get salt. The increase n temperature of the Earth has to lead to the high influx of sweat bees around where people can be on sight because sweat bees are aware that people will perspire and this would result in more chunks of salt for them.
Do Sweat Bees Make Honey?
Surprisingly, unlike honey bees, sweat bees do not produce honey. They avoid living in warmer hives or portholes that constitute a warmer temperature.
Instead, they prefer residing in exposed regions like rotten woods, walls, and areas not far from water bodies. As sweat bees take comfort in a relaxed environment, this behavior would, of course, also foster their hunt for salt following the trail of human sweats. People will usually go to areas like under a tree or beside a pool or beach with cooler temperatures to relax, and sweat bees are generally hidden around these areas, ready to feed on sweat.
While sweat bees may not produce honey, they can be useful in pollinating plants, and scarcely do they attack or sting people, except on many occasions when they are beaten or disturbed in their habitat.
What Do Sweat Bees Eat?
Like many other kinds of bees, adult sweat bees feed on nectar and assorted flowers, and they supplement this food with licking salts contained in humans sweats. Whilst younger sweat bees feed on nectar and a mass of pollen prepared by their mother. This feeding habit is also exhibited by other species of bees like the honeybee and the bumblebee. These bees suck nutrients from the petals and other parts of a flowering plant. Due to sweat bees’ inclination to live in a moist and well-ventilated environment, they usually form their niche in areas where flowers and water would be at reach.
Again, like Oliver Twist, who will always ask for more, they typically crave more sweat now and then.
Even while flowers can be handy for sweat bees, having humans around can be very promising and only hope of licking salt for sweat bees.
How Long Do Sweat Bees Live?
The lifespan of sweat bees is not entirely accurate.
Although, sweat bees undergo the development stages of egg, larvae, pupae, and adult; it takes approximately 17 to 40 days to complete this life cycle. The adult females are known to die after completing about 9 to 12 nests. So yearly, there are roughly 2 to 3 generations that pass away in the population of sweat bees in an ecosystem or niche.
This resonates with the fact that sweat bees have varied lifespans depending on some environmental and biological factors. The life cycle of average sweat bees is around six months, and this figure may go higher or drop depending on the individual sweat bee. It is worthy of note to observe that the divergent lifespan of sweat bees is relative to the number of nests built by the mother sweat bee, which impacts the successive generations of sweat bees, bringing about the fluctuation in the average lifespans in different ages.
How to Get Rid of Hovering Bees
In a similar way of getting rid of sweat bees, hovering bees can be removed by putting in place measures that prevent bees from flowing near our surroundings. As has been emphasized, sweet bees cherish areas that are moist and have quite enough ventilation. Hence, hovering bees can be removed by removing all water containers and old branches and logs at the surrounding. Insects repellants should also be sprayed on bare walls and around water bodies like streams and ponds near the surrounding.
This would expunge sweat bees from the area and force them to hover to places far from the scene.
Furthermore, areas that have ponds and water containers should be fumigated with a non-toxic repellant regularly, as this will also bolster the absence of sweat bees in the environment.
Engaging in exercises and recreational activities that bring about sweating should be done with precautionary measures. A towel and or handkerchief can be handy for wiping off sweats from the body and reducing the risk of getting a sting. Hovering bees can be controlled if you can put these measures used in maintaining their presence.
For a better result, one should abide strictly by the traditional way of getting rid of hovering, which involves using sprays to ward off the presence of sweat bees.