Bee Stings and Allergic Reactions
I was once playing golf and my ball came to rest in the rough under a large lime tree which had some branches hanging down to about 7 or 8 feet above the ground. I was so intent on my next shot to the green that I never noticed the wasps nest that had been hanging from one of the branches hanging over the area of where my ball rested.
On my follow through my club hit the nest and the occupants of the nest came out and chased me. Fortunately, and although I was stung four or five times, I jumped into my golf buggy and made off at a fast rate of knots! A close call, but one that could happen to anyone.
During the spring and summer months wasps build large nests that can hang from branches or can be camouflaged in a large bush within reach of golf clubs.
Bees, wasps and hornets can also build nests in the ground with only small holes visible to the golfer. It then becomes very easy to walk over the hole, hit a shot close to the hole and disturb the little dears or have your golf cart run over the hole upsetting them mightily.
Don’t be tempted to interfere with these insects or their nests unless you are prepared to ruin your round! The two greatest risks from most insect stings are:
- An allergic reaction. Which, on occasion can be fatal in some individuals, mainly effecting breathing.
- Infection, more common and less serious.
Usually if the bite is from only one, two, or three bees or wasps the most likely result will be skin irritation and minor pain for about an hour and so not requiring medical attention.
Health and safety in golf is an important issue and golfers should take reasonable precautions to avoid encounters with bees, wasps, and hornets such as being aware of your surroundings and that includes over hanging tree limbs and bushes where you might accidentally take a swing through a nest and always have medical treatment ready if you are allergic to their stings.