Bees, particularly the domesticated honeybee, are among the most beneficial of garden insects, since they are efficient, dependable pollinators. While large numbers of bees visiting flower beds or flowering fruit crops may intimidate some gardeners, bees are unlikely to sting unless threatened in some way. Therefore, don't swat at bees. If a bee lands on you, stay calm and do not move quickly; if it lingers beyond your limits of tolerance, brush it off gently with a piece of paper. You can further prevent bee stings by avoiding perfumes and other heavily-scented toiletries, brightly colored and patterned clothing, and going barefoot in or near the garden. Persons allergic to bee stings should remain away from areas where bees are active, and should consult a physician regarding medication available on prescription for emergency treatment of stings.
The terms bee, hornet and wasp are often used interchangeably--and thus incorrectly. Yellow jackets, for example are wasps; for information about them and other related species, see wasps.