Won't I Get Stung?

In short, no!

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Most stings that people associate with bees are caused by hornets or wasps (especially Yellow Jackets). The species of honeybee that we will raise on your property (Apis mellifera ligustica) originated in Italy and is the most docile of any bee species.  Your chances of being stung are 6,000,000 to 1, as calculated by the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Despite 2.5 million Americans being allergic to bee stings, only ~20 fatal stings occur each year. This is 60% fewer critical injuries than lightning, which leads to ~50 fatalities annually according to NOAA, and 50% fewer critical injuries than shark attacks, which lead to ~40 fatalities annually according to Florida Museum and ISAF. 

This isn't to say that there is no risk of being stung, but it is incredibly unlikely. Bees only sting when provoked, and since honeybees die after they sting they only resort to such an action as a last resort.

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