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Old 07-24-2013, 07:38 AM
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Bees gettin to be that time again

A new customer called me and wanted some weeding done. Her house hasn't been weeded all year, didn't want to do it but gave her a price and got the job. A lot of the weeds I spayed because it was so overgrown and went back a few days later to weed. Did some hand pulling but got the string trimmer out for the heavy stuff and went to town. After knocking down a section I stopped and got a rake to clean out the bed. When I returned there was a massive swarm of bees right where I was standing with the trimmer, how I never got stung I will never know. Obviously I stayed away from that area and moved to another, but before I started I looked in the weed filled beds for bee movement and saw none. After about a minute I felt something on my arm, a bee. I hit another nest, I flew out that bed and again didn't get stung but another massive nest.
So just use a lot of caution when working now because the bees tend to get worse this time of year. They can be around stumps in bushes around a/c units, concrete anywhere. I sucks to get stung.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:01 AM
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I was stung Friday at a yard I do weekly. Nest was in the gate. Either I am getting older pr the bee's are getting tougher. My finger swelled to twice it's normal size and stayed that way all weekend. I did manage to get rid of the bees. Chester is right. It is that time of year.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:07 AM
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I imagine you're talking about yellow jackets? I haven't ran into any big nests yet. I know they're out there too. LOL

I take my trimmer with a Edgit on it and rev it up near them. Sucks um right in. I'm talking about yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, those huge bumble bees and a few others. The Edgit creates a little vacuum once you rev it up. Works good in a pinch.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:34 AM
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I got stung a couple weeks ago while trimming hedges at a cleanup job and while i was trimming viburnums two days ago I had a yellow jacket come right in my face. Florida is terrible for bees
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:54 PM
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Yes Orange it's yellow jackets, seems like they really hit hard. I got stung 2 years ago on my pinky and it felt like I got shot with a nail gun, my skin actually died around the bee sting.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:34 PM
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dem bazards are bad I got caught in a swarm and had over 65 stings. Best thing about it I passed out and woke up in the ER swollen like a drowned fat man. Yellow jackets love underground nests.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:15 PM
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Haven't ran across a nest yet this year. Ran a across a few last year but didn't get stung. Actually haven't been stung in probably at least 10 years or more. Think I'm going over the nest fast enough they don't know what's going on and when I return I see them in time cause there swarming around the nest and I can see them. Go back in a half an hour when they calm down and pour about a half pint of gas down the hole and that usually takes care of them.

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Old 07-24-2013, 09:39 PM
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I was stung Friday at a yard I do weekly. Nest was in the gate. Either I am getting older pr the bee's are getting tougher. My finger swelled to twice it's normal size and stayed that way all weekend. I did manage to get rid of the bees. Chester is right. It is that time of year.
I ran into a similar situation with yellow jackets last week. Got stung five times after opening a gate to a back yard. How I didn't react to the stings, I will never know, I only swelled a small amount to my surprise.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:50 PM
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Read somewhere that applying vinegar to the sting neutralizes its effects.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:25 AM
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Those are wasps, not bees.
There is a difference, for one wasps can sting repeatedly.

They are calmer during the late afternoon / evening, heat riles them up, be very careful from 10 am to around 3pm when they are most aggressive.
If you stir up a nest in the worst heat get ready to run and if it's really hot out there be always on the ready.
They don't play, when something stirs them up on a hot day they attack very quickly.

You don't want to get stung more than one or two times you have to learn to recognize the attack instantly.
Time spent wondering what that pain was is time they use to sting you again, don't waste this time.
Soon as the first one hits start running right away, you need to put a barrier between yourself and them, going inside a truck or a building works and be prepared to swat some individual critters that may follow you inside.

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