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  1. #1
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    Question Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    My neighbour, a bit rattled by a swarm, stated emphatically to me that bee sting deaths are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the USA.

    Is this true, a complete myth, or a statistic that only applies to the bee-allergic?

    Puzzled.

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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    Bee stings are far from the leading cause of accidental death. It can happen, but is not common. Swarms are typically pretty gentle as they do not have a home to defend. Your neighbor just needs a little bit of education.

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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    Complete utter myth. I don't think beestings would even make the top fifty.

    Depending on who you ask and the age group its either drug overdose, falls or car wrecks.

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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    Sounds like your neighbor is afflicted with what would be called, a "phobia".
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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    Sounds like your neighbor is afflicted with what would be called, a "phobia".
    Joseph,I believe you are wrong in this case.I think that famous quote from Ron White applies;"you can't fix stupid".

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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    The US kills 30,000+ people each year in car accidents, and almost that many are poisoned. Bees, hornets and wasps are lumped together, and at 61 deaths are 1/10 that of heatstroke victims.

    The snippet below is total US deaths in 2006
    Contact with hornets, wasps and bees, 61
    Exposure to excessive natural heat, 622
    Accidental poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances, 27,531
    Transport Accidents, 48,412
    This includes pedestrian, motorcycle,etc

    http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/in...of%20Dying.pdf
    -- Victor Hugo -- "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    Of those I bet Africanized bees have the greatest impact

    The best way to keep AHB at bay is to have lots European honeybees

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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    I believe Rader is correct, i've read in more than one publication that approximately 50 people are killed annually from " insect Bites" in the US. Even if they were all from Honey bees it would still be insignificant with 300+ million people in the US, far from leading cause, try to educate but remember what gone2seed says.....

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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    I read on this site a while back that more people die from bee stings than snake bites. That one made me raise my eyebrows... Don't know if it's true or not, but it's a startling statistic if so.

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    Default Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    I think I saw a source that stated that of envenomation deaths, the leading cause was bee venom...which makes sense as one likely runs into a lot more bees than rattlesnakes in life. But that envenomation deaths are way down the list of causes of accidental deaths.

    Meanwhile, I will just get an EpiPen next time I am in to the doc...nice to be able to reassure the bee-phobics that I am beekeeping responsibly.

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