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Old 08-22-2005, 02:55 PM   #11
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Old 08-22-2005, 08:12 PM   #12
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I call bumble bees, bumble bees. They are big, hairy, and are provoked by running next to them, or disturbing their nests (they fly very fast and are hard to outrun. I was afraid of them as a child and got stung a few times by getting them mad). What I call yellow jackets are a type of hornet. They are slender and long, and like to suck the juice from my rasperries. They also like sugar water, and love to eat flies. They often build nests among thick raspberry bushes, or along the banks of streams. The nests are often underground, with only a pencil thick hole visible where they enter. These are the nests I was unfortunate enough to trod upon twice in my lifetime. But I can tell you that I've seen similar looking hornets build small, paper nests under soffits, on the cieling of my garage, and under my porch roof. These were all small paper nests that held more hornest that I thought could be possible. There was also an enormous nest of these yellow jackets, again made of paper, under the stearring collumn of my boss's jeep. He asked me to knock it out for him. Since I've had some experience, I agreed. I had the door to my own vehicle open, and I was parked just a couple steps from the jeep. I speared the nest with the brush end of a broom and with 2 quick steps, was in my car with all windows rolled up, and backing quickly away. I informed the neighbors and the people in his house what I was going to do, so no one would get stung.

The funniest incident I have ever seen was as a 12 year old boy. I and some freinds were at a gravel pit, knocking rocks to the bottom of the pit by bombarding outcropping rocks from above with other rocks. We nailed this one rock again and again. When it tumbled, we noticed a hornets nest stuck to its bottom. Nothing came out so we though it was an abandoned nest. One of my freinds ran to the pit bottom exclaiming he was going to get the nest and take it home. He did as he said and pried the nest from the rock bottom. When he did so, he found a nest filled with yellow jackets. I never saw anybody run so fast up a steep sand and gravel slope as he did. He never got one sting. None of us stuck around. We all knew better. But with all of the adrenaline pumping, and a youg teen's natural energy just flowing in us, we all laughed until our bellies ached.

My worst encounter was when a hornet got under a face shield, bounced off my chin and got into my helmet. It stung me three times behind the right ear before I could get my motorcycle stopped. And then there's the one that bounced off of my neck and fell into my shirt. Only got stung once from that one. Then the time I put a jacket on and found one in my sleeve... etc.

On the plus side, I've worked inches from hornet and wasp nests with no problems. They knew I was no danger to them, and I was careful not to be, and they were happy to co-exist peacefully with me. I don't kill them as they do much more good than harm. Only if they are a danger to me or my family by putting a nest where it shouldn't and can't be do I get rid of them.

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Old 08-22-2005, 09:45 PM   #13
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Bad year? Tell me about it. My husband went to trim the hedge and hit a hornets' nest. They swarmed up his sleeve. Had no idea he was allergic. Ambulance, emergency room, and 24 hours in intensive care. We thought it was all over (hubby gets kudos for following through with our annual summer party a few days later!!), a few weeks later, we hired someone to finish trimming the hedge. Saw him running across the yard. Found a large, foot-ball sized hornets nest. Had to call every exterminator in the geographical area before we found someone who'd deal with it.

They're called bald-faced hornets (black and white stripes, very large, very, very, very agressive). The local exterminators call them "hornets on steriods" because they are so very agressive.

We're looking forward to winter!!

Nearly lost my husband (he now walks around with an epi-pen). Yes, it has been a bad year.
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Old 08-23-2005, 02:31 AM   #14
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I Stepped on a Hive of timber wasps one time and was stung somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 times ! for a little while I didn't feel well then it was back to being Maidrite!
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you not feeling like Maidrite???? hmmmm
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Old 08-23-2005, 03:39 AM   #16
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I am ok now, my doctor said I will be almost normal !
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