03-27-2007, 10:18 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Kansas City, MO
I can tell you, "for a fact" that holding your breath "does work". Most bees and wasps can't sting you while holding your breath...with a couple of exceptions...Bumble Bees and Hornets! Red wasps are also iffy.
Originally Posted by creekwalker
Thanks for your suggestions, but you don't understand. It seems like bees and stinging creatures actually go after me. Honestly. I eat a lot of sweets and have wondered about this. I do try to mind my own business and ignore them, but, they hover right in my face. Inches from it, and the horseflies like to land on my back and bite me. Or they zoom endlessly in circles around me. I don't wave the stick wildly, just calmly back and forth against my back. It has helped a great deal doing this and they seem to leave me alone more. But, it gets tiring after awhile and there are a few that just don't want to let me go on my way. I am usually walking in the water when this happens and I know they don't have nests in the water, so I think they are doing it on purpose. I knew that bees die after they sting, but it still doesn't stop them from doing so. Anyway, thanks for your encouragement, but I just don't know how to get over this. Diana
I have seen my Grandfather, "many times", walk up to a trapped wasp and pluck it out of a window and show it to us kids. If we wanted it, he would remove the stinger and hand it to us. He explained it like this. When you breathe...the pores in your skin also breathe. When you hold your breath your pores close and it becomes hard for a stinger to penetrate the skin. Bumblebees and hornets have stronger muscles attached to their stinger so they can force the stinger into the pore more easily.
If you wish to test this fact without too much pain...try it with the small Sweat Bee. The next time one lands on your arm or wrist...hold your breath
and press lightly on the bee with your finger. He will buzz around underneath your finger until you take a breath...then he will sting you. It doesn't hurt bad ...kind of like a mosquito bite...but it will prove the point.
I can tell you other stories that I have personally witnessed, and things that I have learned about bees and wasps from my Grandfather. I have seen him walk up to a wasp nest and pluck it off an old shed with his hands and give it to us kids. He could make the wasps scatter away from him before he actually
took it down...but there is more to it, so don't just try that expecting positive results. There's a little known secret to it...called human sweat! Some smaller bees are attracted to it...but "wasps detest it". In the heat of summer...if he had been working and was sweaty he would rub his hands under his arm pits to pick up the sweat and extend his hands out in front of the nest. They would scatter in all directions. I'm not sure he would have wanted me to have told everyone that... but he said it is the concentrated human pherimone that the hate and will depart from.
If a bee does land on you...don't slap it. Just hold your breath and wave it away with your hand.
It is hard to hold your breath when you run though.