What's the longest stretch of time you've gone without being stung?
(As a beekeeper - not counting before you were into bees)
two years, but i'm allergic to bees. i am well protected and i pick my spots as to when i get deep into a hive. I also have a zero tolerance to pissy bees.
I am allergic also and went almost a year before getting stung. I have been working my bees without gloves this year and havent bee stung yet. I dont mash as many without the gloves and in turn they dont try as hard to sting me.
If I answer that question they are sure to tear me up tomorrow.
Yep, I'm not jinxing myself by answering...that's like actually telling a pitcher that he's pitching a no hitter. You just don't jinx it...
Now that I'm queen rearing, winter is the longest... but when I was a hobbiest with a couple of hives sometimes I'd go a year or two. Sometimes I'd get stung several times in one day...
lol- i've been in the beeking world for about 2.5 months and i've accumulated approx 32 stings!
Went a year then have been nailed 5 times in the last month or so. A few of those stings were attributable to catching a swarm barefooted and with shorts on. What an nit-wit
weeks not months for me since my last sting
During the winter two months maybe.
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From startup to first sting...about two years. Then about two months between the last few. That one on the ear yesterday was an experience!
Two weeks now but the last one was a humdinger. She got me under my finger nail. almost made a grown man cry. I don't go in without my gloves on now. Had a stinger in the end of my glove finger yesterday.
Two and a half years. One sting.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping
I've only been beekeeping for 3 weeks now. Haven't gotten stung yet though. *Knock on wood*
Shoot I have had one two year spell without a sting. and that was when I was not keeping bees. I get 3 to 4 stings a year without keeping them. and it isn't from some honey bee. these are wasps and hornets. IF you can keep bees and avoid a sting for two years my hat is off to you. I got my first sting on day three. It has actually been a long time since I had a honey bee sting. I forgot how mild they are compared to the wasp or hornet. All pain was gone in minutes and no sign of any kind in 24 hours. A hornet sting is only getting started at 24 hours. Try 32 or so at once. Been their twice in my life. the same with wasps three or four times. I am a walking venom sac. a single sting to my upper lip sent me to the hospital once. It was after that I managed to go two years without a sting. That stretch ended while laying on a bunk on a camping trip. I am some sort of magnet for stinging insects.
All work and no play makes a happy bee.
New Beekeeper here.... Been stung twice since last month, but both times my fault. One sting in the finger was from a dead bee I was trying to pick up and toss out of the hive. The other sting was when I instinctively freaked out after having a girl land on my arm to check me out while I was wearing zero protective clothing. As soon as I tried to shake her off, she got me! When I'm actually working in the bee's I wear a full suit/veil and latex gloves. That day I was chatting on the phone in the apiary..
Just depends on how long I stay away from the hives
Over a year. Also allergic.
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I would average 1 sting a year per hive. Seems that I average based on hives. Since I have 20+ now, I think I'm due for another 8 stings this year.....
Had a 3 year stretch with no stings, and ended it by dropping a box and having them attack an unprotected ankle - about 40 there.
I'm now sensitive since I rarely get stung. I get a little flushed and nauseaus now, but it goes away quickly with benadryl, though the sting site stays hot for 12 hours. I put out the money for the epipens and carry them with me.
If I had it to do over again, I would have allowed myself to get stung more often.