Clark County Fire Department Offers Bee Safety Tips

Clark County Fire Department Offers Bee Safety Tips

Warmer weather and increased outdoor activity boosts the possibility of people encountering bees in Southern Nevada. Bees tend to be most active from the spring to the fall, when they are colonizing and looking to set up hives, according to the Nevada Department of Agriculture. A swarm of bees is generally not harmful unless disturbed. They are moving from place to place to colonize new hives.

“When you are outdoors, be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for bees the way you would watch out for snakes and other natural dangers,” said Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck. “If you accidentally encounter bees, do not disturb them. Remain calm and quietly move away, keeping yourself and your family members and pets out of harm’s way to avoid stinging incidents. Bees are generally docile unless they are disturbed or threatened.”

For residents concerned about removing beehives in their yards, it’s best to contact professional exterminators that use appropriate safety gear and clothing. The Nevada Pest Management Association maintains a list of licensed removal services on its Bee Hotline at (702) 385-5853 and on its website at Bees on public property should be reported to the respective government agency for control.  Beehives in County parks or on County property can be reported to our Parks Department at (702) 455-8200 during regular business hours. 

People who are sensitive to bee stings should consult their doctors about bee sting kits and procedures for using them. If someone is stung by a bee, becomes dizzy, nauseated or has difficulty breathing, an allergic reaction to the sting may be occurring. This is a serious medical emergency and 9-1-1 should be called immediately.  These additional bee safety tips are recommended:

  • Wear light-colored clothing when you are outdoors. Dark colors can attract bees.
  • If bees attack, run away as fast as possible in a straight line and take shelter inside a car or building. Use your arms and hands or shirt, towel or similar item to shield your face and eyes from stings. Do not try to fight the bees by swatting at them. The more you flail your arms, the more aggressive the bees will get.
  • Do not jump into water or thick brush, which do not provide adequate protection. If you jump into water, bees will attack you when you come up for air.
  • After an attack, bees will continue to be agitated by loud or humming noises such as barking dogs, lawnmowers, weed eaters and flashing lights.
  • If you are stung, remove the stinger by scraping it out and washing the area with soap and water and applying a cold pack to the sting site. When a bee stings, it leaves a stinger in the skin. This kills the bee so it can’t sting again but the venom remains.
  • If you are stung more than 10 times, you should seek medical attention as a precaution. Reaction to bee venom takes several hours, which may cause you to feel sick later.                                                                                     


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.


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