Can a Swarm of Bees Kill You?

Bees, bees, bees! We love our honey, but do we really know how dangerous these little bugs can be? 

A swarm of bees is not something to take lightly. It’s one of the most potentially dangerous things you might ever encounter—a handful of reports from local communities suffering from nefarious bee swarm attacks. 

Whether it’s a bee swarm or an actual bee attack that concerns you most about these flying insects, this article will tell you how much danger they pose to humans and if there are any other dangers associated with them besides being stung.

The real threat of bee swarms against humans

You’re not a threat to the bees, so they don’t see you as someone who poses a danger.

Bees are only aggressive when defending their hive from predators or intruders who might harm their queen and young.

The best way to avoid being attacked by a swarm of bees is to make sure you aren’t near any hives when they begin swarming for food or shelter.

In addition, some behaviors may cause a bee colony to become agitated:

How many bee stings does it take to kill a human?

This is another excellent question! The average number of bee stings it takes to kill a human is 10-20, but this number depends on the size of the person and the number of bees. The larger you are, the more bee stings it takes to kill you. 

For example, if 100 bees are flying around your head, it will take about two stingers from each bee before you die. However, if those same 100 bees fly around someone else’s head who is three times your size (and therefore has three times more blood in their body), then they’ll need 30 stingers from each bee before they die—and so on.

If we want to calculate how many bee stings it would take for a swarm of bees to kill us all together (as opposed to just one person), then all we have to do is multiply every single number by itself! 

For example: let’s say that 200 people were standing together after a swarm of angry honey bees attacked them. Every 200 people would need two stingers per person x themselves (which means 200 x 2), which equals 400 stingers for everyone involved! So really, when we think about it. Amazingly, anyone survives being attacked by these little winged murderers at all.

Are bees violent?

We’ve all heard the old saying, “don’t swat a fly with your bare hand,” but what about bees? Can you get stung by a bee and die?

According to beekeepers, no. Bees are not aggressive or dangerous to humans or animals. If a bee stings you, they try to protect themselves or their hive from being disturbed. The exception is if you have an allergy—that’s something else entirely!

The truth is that bees rarely sting unless they feel threatened in some way. They’re generally docile creatures that don’t bother people too often unless they have a reason to—like when there are no flowers nearby, and they need food for their larvae (baby bees). That said if one does decide it needs feeding…

Can you survive a swarm of bees?

So, can you survive a swarm of bees?

You will likely have a more severe reaction if you are allergic to bee stings and get stung by more than 20 bees. If you are also allergic to tick bites and get bitten by more than 50 ticks at once, then it’s likely that your response will be similarly severe. 

For example: Let’s say a person gets bitten by 50 ticks while hiking in the woods and was stung by 20 bees while playing in his backyard. He would probably need medical attention because he has reacted severely to both stimuli (ticks + bees).

What to do when under a bee swarm attack

When a bee swarm attacks, the best thing to do is run away. If you can’t run away and are under attack, getting inside a building or car as quickly as possible is essential. Once you’re in a shelter, you should take off your clothes and cover yourself with protective gear like gloves or long-sleeved shirts before leaving the safety of your car or house.

Next, see a doctor! Bee stings hurt! The doctor will likely prescribe antihistamine drugs to make the pain disappear quickly. If this doesn’t work after three days of treatment at home with antihistamines, head back over to your local clinic so they can check on whether there are any allergic reactions taking place within your body. This could lead to damaging effects on organs other than those near the sting (that is, anaphylactic shock).

Calling a professional bee service to get rid of bee swarms

If you find yourself with a bee swarm, don’t try to move them yourself. You may think you are helping, but bees are not like other insects. They will not just let you pick them up and put them in your pocket. If you do manage to collect the bees and put them somewhere else, they will simply return home within a few hours.

One way that you can move bee swarms is by attaching a queen clip on either side of their honeycomb and letting it drag behind your car as you drive away from their colony site. The queen clip will eventually fall off when it catches on things along the way (like tree branches), leaving behind all of the worker bees that have flown off on previous days or weeks before being forced into flight again by this unconventional means of transportation.

Therefore, leaving only drones behind at their original location since they cannot fly without worker support due to their large size compared with female workers who can carry pollen back home while simultaneously carrying out other duties related to maintaining healthy colonies (such as nursing larvae).


While it is possible that a bee swarm can kill an adult human being, you shouldn’t fear the bees. They are just doing their job and don’t want to hurt you. If you are under attack by a swarm of bees, call your local pest control company, which will help you get rid of them quickly and safely.