#$#@ Bees

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jt5019, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone notice (especially Connecticut area) a lot more bees nests this year? I've been stung on three different occasions in the past two weeks two from nests buried under mulch and one i didn't see it behind the Lady's shutters.

    Seems like they are all over this year i can usually go all summer without getting stung :angry:
  2. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    Three nests found this week. Found two of them the hard way. Only seen one ground nest so far though. Last year it was 10+ but I guess its early yet.
  3. Bulletproof

    Bulletproof LawnSite Member
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    We're in a different area then you guys, but...

    Today when i was driving to a job site i felt something land on me but didnt think anything of it, I just figured it was a fly....it was a huge bumble-bee, scared the living ____ out of me! ;) Haha, just thought I'd share
  4. LawnMowerBoy48

    LawnMowerBoy48 LawnSite Member
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    I think we are up to around 5 nests around my works shop so far this season. Fortunatly no one got stung by any of them. 3 of them were about the size of a grapefruit.
  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    Ground bees have been really awful these last few weeks. One day, Matt got stung over 15 times, I was very worried.
    I've been lucky this year, haven't gotten stung yet...
  6. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Jt5019-I'm not that far from you and yes, I have noticed a lot more bees this year. We had a pretty bad run last summer, but it seems like we are coming across a nest on almost every pruning job we are doing. Not as many stings this year, I think my guys are learning to look for nests before they start. Be careful out there.
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lack of rain and high heat will make the yellow jackets nest in the ground more than above where you can see them.
  8. Markf

    Markf LawnSite Senior Member
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    Doing a mulch job and my son got stung twice. However, these were not yellow jackets. I have come across these critters once before but do not know their name. There are extremely aggressive. They have a white band going around their tail area and the rest of their color is brown/black. They form paper nests. Anybody know what they are or can point to a web site? Other than that the usual number of nests.
  9. out till dark

    out till dark LawnSite Member
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    I hate those^%$#^#$ little%^&*%^&* They are extremely agressive they have 2-3 lookouts at the bottom of the nest and if you even get close to them your done for.I believe they are bald-faced hornets
  10. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh yeah those suckers hurt too :mad:

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