Step 1: Do Nothing
It is not in a bee’s nature to randomly sting for the sake of it. Bees sting to protect themselves, their homes and their food sources as well as their queen and the brood. A single bee that stings does so to protect itself, especially if you try and swat it.

Step 2: Retreat!
If you find yourself in a serious situation where bees are stinging, get yourself, others and pets out of the way. Once bees start stinging something, the stings emit strong pheromones, which incense other bees to start stinging that victim.

Step 3: Treatment
If you find yourself in a serious situation where you are unlucky enough to get stung, neutralise the stinging (the poison in a bee sting is a strong protein, hence the stinging sensation) by using an alkaline substance such as vinegar. Never grip the sting sac between your fingers to pull it out – you only squeeze more poison in. Use a sharp blade to scrape off the sting.

A circling bee isn’t angry; its scent glands may be agitated by a grooming product, so it’s seeking the source.

Time to go: jog in a straight line for a few seconds to gain distance quickly. Bees give up the chase if you’re too far away. Don’t zigzag. The bee can follow your scent, and zigzagging makes for a lot of running but not a lot of distance.

Never jump into a swim¬ming pool in the hope of avoiding the bees. You can’t hold your breath for a longer period than the bees’ disinterest. When you come up for air they will be waiting to zap you on the head and face.