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Don't offer to help with bees. Ever.

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Jackroadkill, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. Jackroadkill

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    We've had a swarm of bees take up residence in our hedge, and seeing as we had an empty hive, 'Er Indoors decided to hive them. She did it yesterday but didn't get all of them, and they left the hive and took up residence back in the hedge. She tried again this morning, failed to get them all, and the same thing happened. I was dragooned into the third (and I really hope final) attempt just now. We've only got one bee suit, but 'Er Indoors assured me that a set of overalls and a hat with a mozzie net would do fine, so I went to help.

    One b****r got in under the mozzie net and crawled down my earhole and stung me - I ran away howling, ripped the hat off to dig the little swine out of my ear and a ruck of others descended into my hair (think Neil from the Young Ones) and proceeded to sting the **** out of me.

    My face and scalp are covered with stings and 'Er Indoors keeps laughing.

    Not amused....
     
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    Not nice, I had 6 wasp stings one time after stepping on a nest, and Last summer Owlmans bro stepped on a hornets nets and got a couple of stings for his trouble, he said the one on the crown of his head was the worst and they chased him for half a mile.
     
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    I have to apologise - this made me laugh too but I hope you're already starting to feel better.
     
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    They're going back to the hedge as that is where the queen will be ... need to find and put her in the hive and the rest of the swarm will follow very quickly :)
     
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    We had her on this occasion, definitely.
     
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    I would swap all of your stings Owen with this one horse fly bite. First ever bite and it's agony.
     
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    Aye, horsefly bites are horrid.
     
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    Never heard of them until recently. Now I will never forget.
     
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    anti histamine, vinegar and hydrocortisone cream (or benadryl cream). If you have none of them then a tea towel soaked in hot salty water is supposed to help.
     
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    Onto it Oz, slowly soothing nicely.
     
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    Are you sure your not favouring that other airgun web site ?

    Big Bee Stings.

    Being a Mod, you should know better, than to get a Bee in your Bonnet. ; )
     
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    Would loved to have been a bee on the wall watching you run around like a girly:D
     
  13. Jackroadkill

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    My face hurts this morning...!
     
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    sounds painfull which brings me to this question is there a best time to move a nest as i've bees that have taken up residence in one of the bird boxes on one of my log stores
    at the present they're not a problem but come autumn i'll be using this store and i've a feeling that they will get pretty p****d with me especially when i start to refill it
    cheers ped
     
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    Now that I have stopped laughing here is how I dealt with some I have had to relocate in the past.....Only way you will get them to stay where you want them is if you move their whole nest including the queen. Once that is done immediately give the hedge area a good spray with diluted jeyes fluid because the smell will deter them from going back. Sure, you may damage the hedge a bit if you have to cut the nest out but it will recover. If however they are bumble bees than they will disssapear on their own in about a month or so.
    Hope your missus gave you a BIG thank you and applied the opld 'blue bag' (who remembers them?) to your sore bits...........:p Could have been worse if they had gotton onto your bits!!!!!!
     
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    sounds like you had an exciting day.. did anyone catch it on film? :D
     
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    I'm a bee farmer and collect 3 or 4 swarms a week. Put the hive / box under them and shack them in. Put the lid on ASAP so long as the queens falls into said hive the others will go in. No need for sprays etc, no need for bee suit. A swam is very unlikely to sting as they have no food and no young so nothing to defend.
     
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    2nded for jeyes fluid if you dont want bees and wasps somewhere. very handy when they take up residence in chimneys etc, drop a soaked rag down on some string and out they go...
     
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    I think the problem was that on the first two goes she must not have got the queen. We definitely got her on the last go though - the swarm is using the hive now. I think I only got stung because the one went down my ear and panicked, and so when I pulled the hat off to get her out the others got stuck in my hair and stung too.
     
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    We need another button to go with the like and thank ones . I was thinking maybe an unlucky/haha ? :)
     

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