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How Much Do You Know About Stinging Insects?

Picnics and barbecues and pottering in the garden are some of the delights of summer. For some people, though, these pleasant pastimes are ruined by a fear of bees and wasps and other things that sting. Should you worry? Find out by taking this true-false quiz.

1. Most people are allergic to bee stings.
2. A person who is allergic to bees may develop red, itchy bumps on the skin in response to a sting.
3. Honeybees are the culprits in most insect stings.
4. If a bee stings you, leave the stinger alone and don't try to remove it.
5. A paste of baking soda and water applied to the site of the sting can help relieve the pain.
6. Bees may be attracted to clothing with flowery prints, so avoid wearing such prints when you are outdoors during bee season.
7. Eliminating flowers in your garden that attract bees will eliminate the possibility of stings.
8. One effective way to prevent bee stings is to use an insect repellent.
9. Wasps sting you because they see you as prey.
10. If you accidentally disturb a bee nest, you should stand perfectly still so the bees will leave you alone.