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Stinging insect warning from the Department of Health

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Stinging insect warning from the Department of Health

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Health is warning people to stay away from stinging insects like bees, wasps and hornets.

Spokesperson Liz Dykstra says even if a person has never had a bad reaction to a bee sting, that doesn’t mean they wont the next time they get stung.

She says people should keep food and drinks covered when outside and never disturb any bees nests.

Play Liz Dykstra on stings

Products with strong perfumes can attract insects and should be avoided.

Wearing bright colors or flower-patterned clothing may also attract bees.

Slowly move away if you see any bees, and don’t wave your arms or swat at them.

Get medical care if you experience a severe reaction to a sting, such as hives, itching, and flushed or pale skin.