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Bee ID.

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bare spot, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,076

    They really do look like bald face hornets. The nest really does. But I do not think they would let you that close with out tearing you up. I got hit by one bald face wile trimming a tree. It knocked me down to the ground, cussing, and holding my arm. And I'm not a small guy, and have been stung more than most because my dad was a beekeeper.
  2. 9ball1018

    9ball1018 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Yea I was fine everyone said for me to go to the hostipal but I didn't toughed it out and finished the day. My calfs were larger than my thighs. They are a real pita every time I've ran across a large nest I've been chased blocks. Jumped in my truck one time to get away and two had flown in with me. I took off running again and got stung in the buttocks. The countless times I've been stung I've noticed it's always worse in late summer.
  3. Chineau

    Chineau LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    There are few, very few things in this world I carry a hate on for wasps are one. I hate to say it but most years the little buggers get me once, this year so far so good. A couple of years ago I was stung in the for head it felt like I had been hit with a center punch I had to sit down for a minute I hate em.
  4. wegomow

    wegomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Hateful little buggers. I've had a few encounters. Once in my own yard I accidently raked a pile of pine straw over their opening. I didn't even know it. I went back a few minutes later and moved the pile with my rake and BAM! They were in full attack mode, I was ambushed. I received seventeen stings as I ran away as fast as I could. Went back that night with a can of wasp spray and soaked 'em good. Revenge is sweet.
  5. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    had another run in, this one was interesting in that i was cutting back this big old huge rhodadendum that had a bunch of bees hanging around it. looked and looked but couldn't find a nest, looked like they away from nest somewhere and enjoiying the parts of the faded flower blooms, must like that stuff but anyway wanted to get it done so i just jumped right in and made point to avoided contact as much as possible to see how it goes. it ended up going really well, trips up on the ladder make me catious and got stung reaching to grab a branch for balencve, must of been a bee right where i grabbed. anyway, took a few hrs but except for me grapping one of them, i left them alone and pretty much as i got near finishing up noticed a lot of the bees seamed to have moved on but mostly they left me alone i got it done. had to jump around and cut around where the bees were at the beginning, messed up somewhat it came together in the end.
  6. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    I discovered a huge hornet nest on the side of a client's home this morning. Scared the CRAP out of me.

    I was pushing the mower along the side of the house when a hornet flew in front of my face. I looked up and there it was - about 6' up attached to a "pipe" chimney, friggin' 18" tall (at least) and covered with bald faced hornets coming and going out the hole near the bottom.

    I let go of the mower and backpedaled FAST.
    I took pics, but still need to upload them. I don't know how long it takes them to build something that large, but I don't recall seeing them last week.

    I'm sure they are not uncommon, but I've personally never seen a nest that large before. It was incredibly interesting and terrifying at the same time.


    RUN AWAY!!!

    RUN AWAY!!!
  7. bluescapes

    bluescapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Had one of my guys go to the hospital with his face and neck swollen because of some Georgia hornets. I don't know what would have happened if we did not carry epi pens.
  8. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    Glad he made and good call on the pens, I am semi allergic multiple stings would definitely mess me up from hornets Im sure, red wasp I have built up immunity to them over time still swell bad though.

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