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Author Topic: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz  (Read 3764 times)

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Offline randym431

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Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« on: August 01, 2006, 03:37:03 AM »
Bee's don’t like me. This true story is a bit un nerving for the faint of heart, but all too true!

Back in the 90's, twice, I was attacked be carpenter bee's while mowing.
They are MEAN bee's. And make their homes in the ground. So there I was mowing
and I felt a bee sting. I looked down and I had bee's all over me, my legs, shirt, back, everywhere.
I thought of water. I know bee's done like water. So I ran to the house, the bee's following, and into the bathroom.
(yes, these bee's actually follow you)
Turned on the shower and stood in it clothes and all (bee's too). Not only did the bee's follow me into the house,
 but into the bathroom. I slammed the bathroom door as I went into the room. More bee's were actually waiting for me
outside the bathroom door. My partner opened the door and asked "what wrong", and I yelled "keep the door shut".

Well finally most the bee's got water logged and fell off. Luckily I was wearing sweats and a long sleeved shirt,
but still had quite a few stings especially on the ankles and legs.

This happened twice that summer. Then, and also when I was mowing the far back yard. I learned these bee's usually make a huge nest
in the ground with two outputs to the surface. That year I finally got rid of them by pouring gas down the holes (at night when they sleep),
and finally burnt them out. It took quite a few tries since they managed to come back in a few days every time.

So, fast forward to 7/31/06 (today). I'm mowing the back hill, and felt a sting on the leg. Looked down and have some bee's on my shirt and legs, but only a few. So off I go, running to the house (and shower), and I seen more bee's following me to the house. I ran in but into the garage this time, since I only had a few bee's on me (this time), and I grabbed the bug spray and started spraying my legs and shirt (where the few bee's were). So far so good.

Then I went back to the scene of the bee crime, and at a distance could see what looked like hundreds of mad bee's around the ground nest/hive that I had mowed over. So this time I get the bug spray and went up on the hill and (from a distance) sprayed the kageebies out of the mound/nest/hive.

So the bee war is again on. And I know from reading (before back in the 90's), these carpenter bee's have two links to the nest, so I can only wonder where the other is. I'll no doubt find it, the hard way, when mowing more of the yard.

Summer time...such fun!!!!

If this did not actually happen to me, I'd think it was my worst sustiva dream. Damn bee's.
« Last Edit: August 01, 2006, 08:41:12 AM by randym431 »

Offline lydgate

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2006, 03:48:50 AM »
 :o  :o  :o

Gosh, I'm in Iowa too, but not particularly outdoorsy, thank the lawd.

Sorry to hear about your bee travails. PETA or no PETA, those damn bees deserved to die.

Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2006, 03:49:10 AM »
Holy crap! Are these Africanized killer bees??

I like honey just fine, but bees - ok, any stinging insect in the plural - creep me out.

Should NOT have watched The Swarm.

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Offline randym431

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2006, 08:55:22 AM »
Actually these are ground nesting bee's. My aunt called them carpenter bee's and had them on the farm a lot.
I just know they are "MEAN" bee's. And how they had followed me clear into the house, waiting. When my partner
was outside the bathroom door (the first time this happened), they didnt go for him. He didnt even see them flying
around. But when he opened the door, it was like they knew I was in there and in they came.

Sounds like some Hitchcock movie doest it? Like The Birds, but bee's instead. I just cant believe they are back this summer, again,
and still hold a grudge. Well, so do I.   >:(
« Last Edit: August 01, 2006, 08:58:08 AM by randym431 »

Offline Teresa

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2006, 09:23:51 AM »
I hate all bugs but epically bees, wasps, and any other flying insect.

I received an email that said that Bounce (the fabric sheet softener) was good at repelling insects. Just pin some on your clothes.

I live in the country and when i mow i couldn't believe all the bugs and bees that came after me on the mower. I have actually jumped off the mower and ran to get away from wasps and bees. Thank heavens the mower automatically shuts off when your butt leaves the seat.

So i thought it was worth a try to try the Bounce. I pin it the front and back of my shirt and one on each pants leg. It works! My hubby and family laugh and tease me about it but i don't care. It has kept the flying bugs, wasps, and bees away from me for 2 summers. I also pin a sheet of bounce on me when i work in my flower beds.

You might give it a try.

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Offline Lwood

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2006, 09:37:28 AM »
Well, if somebody Mowed over MY honeypot, Id bee a little bit pissed off too....
Im reminded of a thread in another forum about Mosquito bites http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=1518.0   and cant help but wonder what a Bee Sting or Wasp Bite would do given the " increased Immune Response"  to other bites. My yard is in full bloom and there are plenty of bees around ( along with butterflies BTW  8)  )
and a growing 'Mud Dobber' wasps nest on the front porch that needs to be dealt with so there's definitely a chance that Im going to get nailed . Did You have any unusual reaction to the bee stings ?  Well other than gassing the hive and setting your lawn ablaze. Im sure the Neighbors loved That... Maybe you could get one of those cool hats with the mesh covering your head or I could send you my Bug suit....    

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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2006, 09:44:31 AM »

 Yep , I am not to crazy about bees and wasps and hornets. They love to get nests started every year, in between the slats of our gate entering the patio. ( it's the only way in) Last summer they got me good about ten stings at once , went running into the car, and had to wait till they settled down. They were buzzin around the car.

Ed's mother had a hive forming on a shed in her back yard, and askes me to look at it . It gave me the CHILLS. It was about two feet long and a foot wide. She ended up calling someone to get rid of it, at a cost of 300.00

Don't like that stuff.....

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Offline ACinKC

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2006, 10:17:37 AM »

The world body will NOT tolerate your recent invasion and occupation of the Carpenter Homeland, you have inflicted THOUSANDS of casualties when you yourself admit only a few had attacked you.

We understand that in the late 90's you had to create a "buffer zone" and attempt to eliminate these ROGUE warriors who have infringed on your right to exist.  However this recent upheaval in violence will do no good.

Therefore, Condi Rice is coming over to broker a LASTING peace deal, you may have to give up the Bee Strip of land and move back to pre-1990 borders for this to work long term.

Also, we do NOT appreciate you using a weapon of mass destruction (the gas) on innocent civilians while they sleep.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

(who's pissing himself thinking he is so funny)
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in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A

Offline DanielMark

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2006, 02:26:23 PM »
Bees! Bees! :o Sounds utterly horrifying. Can't stand the things.



Offline HollyStar

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2006, 03:22:07 PM »

We don't have that many bee's this year. My BF just put a hummingbird feeder out on the deck and we have hummingbirds again. BUT, they can't really feed from it because there are bee's around the feeding holes. I think bees can be fatal to hummingbirds. Those bee catchers work pretty good, I just need to get another one. You put bee bait in the thing and the bees can fly in but they can't fly out. MUAHHHHHHHH, LOL! Maybe try one of these. From now on, I suggest you don't mow over the bee hives! LOL, like you would know where they are.
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Offline clarke

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2006, 04:19:15 PM »
Hey! I'm a member of PETA too!

People who Eat Tasty Animals  ;)  :D  ;D  :o

Offline randym431

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2006, 05:07:56 AM »
Thanks for the advice and humor. If I knew where the things nest I'd avoid them but thats just it, they are hard to see till you know exactly where they are. And when running the mower, you dont expect it. I'm more worried in running over a bunny nest or other little furry ground critters than bee's. 
They know who I am. They know where I live. They probably even know there is a key under the mat.

« Last Edit: August 02, 2006, 08:24:07 AM by randym431 »

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Re: Bee.....zzzzzzz Lots of Beezzzzzz
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2006, 09:26:38 PM »
Sorry to hear about your bee trouble. Sounds like Yellow jackets, which are very aggressive ground-dwelling bee's, that we have here in NC and I'm sure they live in other regions. Try the gasoline thing again. Good luck to you.  Cristy


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