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semi funny story

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnwizards, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    we were mowing our last customer of the days yard today, about 20 minutes from completion. all of a sudden i see my buddy running around with just his boxers on. apparenty he ran across a yellowjackets nest and stirred them up. i saw his shirt lying on the ground covered in bees, his pants and shoes were beside the truck, covered in bees. the d.a. i am, i decide to retrieve his pants. they start chasing us up the driveway about 100 yards. i got hit 2 times and he got atleast a dozen stings. we finally got back to the truck and took off. we went and bought 2 cans of bee spray and a can of great stuff can foam. we went back and as i was filling the hole with the great stuff he had a can in each hand spraying any that got out. as we were leaving he said, "they won the battle but we won the war" :laugh: anyone else with crazy misadventures with yellowjackets or any other bees?

  2. B&M

    B&M LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    A nest got me last year. I (we) took a small amount of gas and lit the nest on fire.
  3. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    I was mowing a common area in a housing complex and as I was blowing off the sidewalk, I saw a bee swirling around me, I pointed the blower at it and off it went, as I turned to continue on walking down the sidewalk, the next thing I knew, there were about 15 or 20 bees swarming around me, I turned and ran. As I let off the trigger of the blower, they seemed to disappear. I called the HOA and let them know of the problem and they called an exterminator. The next week, when I arrived, I found that there was a colony af probably 200 - 400 bees with a HUGE honeycomb in the sprinkler valve box. I lucked out.... no stings, (and I wasn't reduced to runing around in my boxers thank God!) and they were "africanized" honey bees.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    God in his eternal wisdom did may wonderful things...I just don't know what he was thinking in terms of yellowjackets.
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    wildwest, africanized bees are the worst type out there, you got pretty lucky!

    my worst bee story didn't happen at work, dad and i were playing frisbee and i dove into the neighbors yard to catch it, apparently there was a network of underground nests and a nest in a wooden planter, they got pizzed off big time and within about two seconds of hitting the ground, i was attacked. Probaly a total of 15 stings.

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