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Post  rsv1cox Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:16 pm

Ouch!

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While cutting the roots of this stump with a chain saw I noticed two what I thought were horse flies buzzing around my head, I fought one off with my hat nailing him on the foot rest of my ATV but his wingman got me on the calf of my leg. Looked like a yellow jacket, but no, a regular Bee. Gone I thought, so i continued cutting the roots and strapped it to my ATV. Several pulls with the ATV in different directions finally pulled the stump loose and I just continued on pulling it up to my burn pile.

Dropped it off and went back to get the rest of the roots only to find hundreds of Bees circling the hole from which I pulled the stump.

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Hours later, a shower and several applications of 91% alcohol, it still hurts. Must of been the Sargent of the Guard that got me.
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Post  NEW222 Sat Jul 31, 2021 3:58 pm

Sorry you got stung, but glad you're alright. I am assuming those remaining ones will get a dose of gas followed by a flame?
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Post  rsv1cox Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:10 pm

@NEW222 wrote:Sorry you got stung, but glad you're alright. I am assuming those remaining ones will get a dose of gas followed by a flame?

Thinking about it, I'm not sure it was a Bee, it didn't leave it's stinger in my leg.  Might have been a hive of those little lookalike hornets that we have around here.  Bee's are sort of endangered and are great pollinators.  Hornets will get a shot of Hornet/Wasp killer, Bees I will leave alone.  

You can't see them in the pictures, but there are hundreds buzzing around there.  I had those little hornets a couple of years ago down inside the ground in my ground cover right next to my outside water faucet.  Never could get rid of them until winter when I unloaded half a can of hornet killer down the hole.  

I have been stung many times by a variety of insects this side of a scorpion.  Don't know how I escaped that as they were in our house in Florida.  They loved the pool as they are attracted to water.  

Funny story, but not to him.  My grandson was staying with us in Florida when he awoke to find a scorpion running across his chest.  Swatted it off, hit it with his shoe and flushed it down the toilet.  

They eat them in Asia.
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Post  Cribbs74 Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:13 pm

If they are indeed bees, you can call an apiarist (beekeper) and the will come and remove the hive for free. They get free bees which are expensive and you get the problem solved. It’s a win win.

About 5 years ago a hive moved into the hole under my water meter lid. If I had boxes I would have kept them.

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Post  rsv1cox Sun Aug 01, 2021 7:31 am

I need one of those suits Ron.

Still hurts this morning, red and swollen but starting to itch signaling that it's getting better. For me the Arnold Schwarzenegger of Bee stings as they seldom affect me. Coincidently on my morning news fed there was an article about an Arizona man killed by Bees yesterday. One average 62 people are killed each year by Bee stings.

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Post  Kim Sun Aug 01, 2021 7:50 am

Hate that for you, Bob!

I'm "moderately" allergic to stings, meaning they swell me up big-time and take a long while to run their cycle.  As such, I'll go out of my way to take out hornets and wasps (got an assortment of colors and markings that show up here on the Hill), but actually leave patches of nicely blooming clover for the honey bees.

Your sting sure doesn't sound like an everyday honey bee sting, and I hope it gets better quickly.

P.S. "Mud Dabbers" are now on my "Hate List" after one built a peach-size mud brick in the aft fuse of my Spacewalker!
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Post  getback Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:28 am

I got a yellow jacket hole in my backyard now , my son got stung before he new they were there so he pored gas in it some time back and didn't light it !?!? and then found out there was a back door so there still there .. I got stung by a wasp at the clothes line the other week that was Nice !!!
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Post  Ken Cook Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:33 am

My buddy I grew up with had apple trees and fig trees on his property. In boredom many of my friends would start throwing them at each other. Sometimes I wonder what we were thinking . All of us had quite a arm so getting hit in the eye or face could've had serious consequences. Nonetheless, we were stupid and would do this until his parents would have a fit. His grandfather who lived next door couldn't stand it. The apples would be all over and when he would cut the grass, they would fly out of the mower like a cannon. I recall one apple going through the kitchen window while his mother was making dinner. She spoke only Italian and you knew what she was saying wasn't good. I picked up this apple and hauled back to throw when I got stung probably 6 times in the hand by multiple bees on the underside of the apple. My hand was the size of a baseball glove within the hour. My mother was not happy about this. Ice and Benadryl was in order. My current neighbor has a apple tree and has offered us to come over and pick them. I thanked her for her offer and declined.
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Post  rdw777 Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:02 pm

I was taught over fifty years ago in the Boy Scouts to apply a drop or two of Chlorox to wasp and bee stings…. Insect stings are acidy and Clorox is a strong base that can neutralize….. Won’t completely make it quit stinging but will take most of the initial fire away…..I’m not necessarily recommending this…..It’s old home remedy…. just sharing what has worked for me…

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Post  andrew Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:16 pm

@Ken Cook wrote:........had apple trees and fig trees on his property. In boredom many of my friends would start throwing them at each other. Sometimes I wonder what we were thinking . All of us had quite a arm so getting hit in the eye or face could've had serious consequences. Nonetheless, we were stupid .........

Apples, corn cobs and dirt clods -- fodder for an all out war. I freely confess to the stupid part.
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Aug 04, 2021 12:27 pm

It was a yellow jacket.  Went to Wikipedia and other places to ID.  

I went back yesterday and watched.......carefully!  About a dozen flying around and some of their combs laying on the ground where when I pulled the stump it dislodged them.  

Itching has let up but the hole in my leg is still there.  Yellow jackets don't lose their stinger and can sting multiple times, so the little bugger is still hanging around Sad.  Probably a big deal at the hive and given an award by the queen.
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Post  Marleysky Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:28 pm

Have you ever searched “You Tube” for  information on how to cure, remedies or fix things?   Well, here ya go...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LzApW0WsVfs
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Post  rsv1cox Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:53 am

@Marleysky wrote:Have you ever searched “You Tube” for  information on how to cure, remedies or fix things?   Well, here ya go...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LzApW0WsVfs

Wow, playing with matches, running with scissors. I think Hornet spray, full bucket of dirt.
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Post  getback Thu Aug 05, 2021 8:42 am

COOL another way to till /blow up the garden LOL I actually thought of that happening .. Laughing
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Post  Oldenginerod Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:34 am

@Marleysky wrote:Have you ever searched “You Tube” for  information on how to cure, remedies or fix things?   Well, here ya go...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LzApW0WsVfs

Now that's gotta create an indelible stain in the seat lf ones trousers.     lol! Sh*t Hit The Fan
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Post  getback Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:53 am

Well I just pored 1/2 gal. of gas down one hole and need to find the one from yesterday where i was working on a mower for the neighbor that i guess i pulled it right were they are ... I didn't light it though ,, don't need no more to do than i have too lol! Wonder how much that guy porded in before Ignition !!??
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Post  rsv1cox Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:11 am

Their baaaack, and they brought their bigger brothers.  

At the cabin, I noticed two or three coming out of a hole near the door.  Went up to the house to get some spray, only found ant & roach.  Went back and about a dozen were flying in and around that hole.  Put on a thick coat tight around the neck and shot them with the spray ducking quickly back inside the cabin.  They laughed.

Jumped in the car and went over to my daughters and picked up some Hornet & Wasp.  Came back and hit them again.  Ran.  They may still be laughing.  

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Post  rsv1cox Sat Aug 14, 2021 8:35 am

That afternoon I went out at least three more times and from a distance shot that hole full of hornet spray.

No precautions, shorts and a tee shirt, they wern't aggressive. Last time about 7 pm some were still buzzing around. This morning all was quiet. Got up close and soaked the hole with spray. No activity. Cabin is quiet again.

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