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I'm trapped by a swarm of angry hornets

  1. Jun 18, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    I've never seen anything like it. I walked outside to do some work when I heard the distinct sound of angry hornets buzzing madly. I looked up, and about thirty feet in front of me over the tall grass was the edge of a dense swarm of hornets, easily as large as a 2000 sq foot house. I stood there for a moment to observe the swarm, but within a few seconds I started getting buzzed and I could see the swarm moving towards me, which quickly sent me back into the office.

    I guess something got into the hive... in fact, lately there has been a raccoon living in the trees lining the pasture, so that would be my first guess. Our cats should be okay since they tend to stay near the house [my office cat is with me now], and I never heard anything suggesting that an animal was in distress, but the swarm is speading out so it looks like they have no place to go. It must have happened just before I walked outside.

    Right now it is like a busy intersection all around out there with the swarm covering at least the area of a football field, but really it was quite an amazing thing to see up close. It certainly got my attention!!! :surprised

    And I think I'll just sit here for a bit. :uhh:
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2007 #2
    Take a picture of it!
     
  4. Jun 18, 2007 #3
    I was about to post the exact same thing....

    Soooo, take a picture!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Jun 18, 2007 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    I don't have a camera down here. It's too late anyway.

    You're right though, that could have been a priceless shot. Too bad! :frown:
     
  6. Jun 18, 2007 #5
    could have?? Go get your camera, a stick, and jab at that bee hive. You owe us that much.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2007 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    I have to wonder what the collision rate is for a swarm like that. :biggrin: With the speed that they are darting around and the density of the initial swarm, it's hard to imagine how they could navigate.
     
  8. Jun 18, 2007 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    You may get your wish - later I will need to see what's going on. We might have a large hive on the ground and it's time to have the pasture mowed. It could be very dangerous to step on or mow over the hive. And with the grass three and four feet tall, you are nearly walking blind out there. :yuck:

    Tsu pretty much disappears if she tries to walk through it. :biggrin:
     
  9. Jun 18, 2007 #8

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    Darn! I was helping a local family mow and bale hay about 25 years ago, and the laziest of the teenagers asked if I wanted to drive the tractor for a while and rake while he took my place tossing 75# bales on the wagon. I thought it odd, but took him up on it. On my first pass down the next row, I raked up a damaged nest of yellow jackets, who immediately showed me a good time. The creep had cut the nest with a the sickle-bar mower the day before and knew that I was going to get nailed. His brother, uncles, father and grandfather were very nice guys - some people are just rats.
     
  10. Jun 18, 2007 #9
    Do like on that episode of American Chopper, dump gasoline all over the grass and throw a rag on it thats on fire. BOOF! Bees gone.

    Actually, isnt there a shortage of bees? You could probably sell them to a bee keeper.
     
  11. Jun 18, 2007 #10

    Ivan Seeking

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    These are wasps, not bees.

    Man, it's still crazy out there. I tried to go out and work again and lasted for about two minutes before they started after me.
     
  12. Jun 18, 2007 #11
    I think someone needs to start an emergency Wasp/Bee/Hornet removal service. The one thing I fear about moving out is having to deal with stinging insects :(
     
  13. Jun 18, 2007 #12
    Bees and wasps dont bother me. I just hate those really big bees we have here that are about 1.5" long and really thick and stubby. They keep flying circles and dart back and forth infront of you because there so stupid. They hover and then change directions suddenly and dart off really fast in one direction, then hover and dart back. Rinse and repeat.
     
  14. Jun 18, 2007 #13

    We have a number of bee removal services here in AZ since the killer bees arrived.
     
  15. Jun 18, 2007 #14
    I can't go outside for more than five minutes without that as well. It's always bumblebees. And me being allergic, my heart gets pumping real fast. :mad:

    On my hikes, I started carrying a spray bottle filled with soap water.
     
  16. Jun 18, 2007 #15
    Wow, here we don't have a problem at all with bees/wasps/etc. Yeah I might occasionally see a bee/wasp if I am out looking at a garden, but other than that they are very rare.
     
  17. Jun 18, 2007 #16

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    They've been really bad up north, too. You pull out the fresh salmon and they will literally sting you over it.
     
  18. Jun 18, 2007 #17
    *Notes not to carry Salmon outside*
     
  19. Jun 19, 2007 #18

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    Hmm...do you think we should store the new member initiation fish someplace other than Ivan's barn? :uhh:
     
  20. Jun 19, 2007 #19

    Ivan Seeking

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    It THAT what I smell?!?!?!? All this time I thought it was me. :uhh:
     
  21. Jun 19, 2007 #20

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    Are they still swarming today? You might want to make sure you're coverd while trying to locate their nest.
     
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