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Bee's attracted to mower?

Toroguy

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Sacramento CA
Bee's are hovering around my WB every time I stop to unload. There were two to four bee's at each stop on my route today, they seemed interested in the air intake area? The engine is air cooled. I know bee's are attracted to anti-freeze, but this is real weird.

Has anyone else had this problem? I have reactions to stings so I would like to find a remedy. Any help is appreciated.
 

Esby

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Alexandria, MN.
Oh wow!!! I just had this problem this past week. Not kidding-when i stopped and started to unload my mower there were about 20-30 bees buzzing around my exmark W/B. I didn't know what to do, seeing i had just hit a grounds nest a week ago and got stung 12 times i wasn't ready for more. I decided to do the trimming first and wait to see if they left, well they didn't. My final decsion=I started the sucker up and jumped back in my truck, when I returned about a minute later there were still about 7-10 around it but I just hopped on and started cutting. Didn't get stung, so thats good, but then they were all over it again when I loaded it up, and at the next two jobs!?!?! Whats the deal with these bees, i get stung enough the way it is, I dont like it when they want my mower!!!
 

klite

LawnSite Member
`Did You guys check under the mower to see if there was a piece of the nest stuck somewhere?
 

Esby

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Alexandria, MN.
No, there wasn't, if there was i would have for sure been stung and it is only a once in a while thing, they will be there one time and for a couple jobs and then gone for a while, still curious as to what is going on!!!
 

cutntrim

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
southern ontario
They're probably attracted to the fresh cut weeds/grass under and around the deck. Many times we've got yellow jackets buzzing around our equipment, the bed of the truck, or in the cab. They're not interested in stinging you, just in checking out the cool commercial equipment you've got in the trailer. Don't worry about 'em.
 
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Toroguy

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Sacramento CA
I decided to wash the mower today to maybe take the smell or whatever it is away. While washing three bee's hovered around the air intake atop the motor (Briggs). The bee's are not aggressive, and unless they're following me from stop to stop, they are different each location. I will chech under the deck in the AM, but it seems lke a hostile place to nest.

Im wondering if they are attracted to the heat or grease? When I unoad I do it quickly and the bee's do not follow.
 
A customer had this problem with yellow jacket hornets all over her car everytime she came home and parked the car in the driveway.

Turned out the car had been parked somewhere under trees infested with aphids. The honeydew had dripped all over the car.

The yellow jackets were feeding on the sweet sticky honeydew coating the car.
 

BRL

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Somerset, NJ
I've always noticed bees checking out the mowers & trimmers while running them. Not as many as you guys are talking about at once though, & not when they were not running. I always thought the "buzz" of the equipment was communicating with them in some way. Now I know they're just impressed with my stuff :) Thanks cutntrim.
 

Premo Services

LawnSite Bronze Member
i believe it is oil,grease they are attracted to, had a hydro cap leaking last year& they seemed to be around it when it was on my trailer. as long as i keep it clean of grease oil, i don`t notice them.
 
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