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My wife got stung washing our hive tool after our inspection and extraction today. There was apparently an "abandoned" stinger left on the hive tool and it got her. Has anyone else had this happen? How long are stinger without bees potent? It was 2 hours after our inspection concluded but the venom sac was dry and brown so no idea how old the stinger really was.

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Re: How long is a singer potent?!

The venom is what does the damage so with the sac being dried out and brown i am going to say no issues should come from it. I got tagged by a stinger in on the top of my bee jacket, it felt like a sting but no problems because no venom.
 

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Re: How long is a singer potent?!

Every once one in a while there’ll be a bee squished somewhere (under the frame tabs mostly) that’ll catch my fingers. I get the jolt but not any swelling so there must be some venom in the tube of the stinger.
 
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