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[#] Wed Apr 28 2021 10:40:47 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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So... all wild honeybees in Arizona are assumed to be Africanized. It is right up there with scorpions, rattlesnakes and suburban coyotes as "wild dangers" in the suburbs of Phoenix. 

We've encountered wild swarms and hives numerous times here. I don't think I encountered one wild hive or swarm the entire time I lived in Ohio on 3.25 wooded acres. But to be fair, I did live in Ohio at the height of CCD. 

Anyhow... the last swarm we saw was out in Gilbert coming home from a Farmer's Market just a few weeks ago. What you describe - a cloud of angry looking bees buzzing around in a mass - sounds like a swarm. Windy conditions or a dead queen are likely culprits. Basically when you see bees in a concentrated mass - they're looking for a new home. The good news is - Bees are picky... 

They're dangerous in a swarm, especially the Africanized ones. They're more docile once they've built a hive - and unless you get close *and* disturb the nest, even the Africanized ones will generally ignore you. 

A bee *investigating* you and then bumping into you, without stinging you - is bad news though - it is MARKING you with pheromones that act as a target for the swarm to attack. ESPECIALLY among Africanized bees. If this happens to you in a place with known Africanized bee populations, get to shelter as as possible. 


With all that said, have someone non-allergic go out and scout your property for hives or a landed swarm hive-building. If that is happening, you'll be able to find bee-relocating services that will come, smoke them, and transport them somewhere else. 

 


Wed Apr 28 2021 06:28:23 EDT from Nurb432

I hope not.  I really hope they were just passing thru.  Super windy, so my first thought was their nest fell out of the tree and were pissed. But when they vanished just as suddenly, i am guessing they are just in search for a new home, and the queen had to rest.

I'm allergic. its about the only fear i have.  I got stung by a wasp once, should have gone to the hospital but it wasn't practical. Thought i was going to die, fever, couldn't breathe.  I d realize honey bees are a different thing, and are not aggressive by nature, but accidents happen.

Wed Apr 28 2021 01:57:39 AM EDT from ParanoidDelusions

They were swarming, from the description. If they didn't set up a hive back there, they won't be back, not in those numbers. 

 

Tue Apr 27 2021 16:06:38 EDT from Nurb432

About 30 mins ago let the dogs in.  Looked out the window and saw a lot of fuzz flying around.   No, its not fuzz, its BEEEEES  A swarm of them at the back corner of my yard like a cloud. and the buzzing ...    ACK.!

10 mins later the are gone. . just a few stragglers. Going to get some citronella and park it in the yard back there. 

Any other ideas to keep them from coming back?



 



 



 



[#] Wed Apr 28 2021 14:09:54 EDT from Nurb432

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I did that today too, nothing.  So i think i got lucky. 

Wed Apr 28 2021 10:40:47 AM EDT from ParanoidDelusions


With all that said, have someone non-allergic go out and scout your property for hives or a landed swarm hive-building. If that is happening, you'll be able to find bee-relocating services that will come, smoke them, and transport them somewhere else. 

 


[#] Wed Apr 28 2021 21:50:36 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Yeah - if you see them SWARMING - they're usually still looking and are just moving through. If you see them all CLUMPED on a tree branch or the eaves of a house or something like that - they've found the place. 

 

Wed Apr 28 2021 14:09:54 EDT from Nurb432

I did that today too, nothing.  So i think i got lucky. 

Wed Apr 28 2021 10:40:47 AM EDT from ParanoidDelusions


With all that said, have someone non-allergic go out and scout your property for hives or a landed swarm hive-building. If that is happening, you'll be able to find bee-relocating services that will come, smoke them, and transport them somewhere else. 

 


 



[#] Thu Apr 29 2021 07:38:28 EDT from Nurb432

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It was definitely a swarm. 

 

A scary event for someone like me. 



[#] Thu Apr 29 2021 16:30:16 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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"Only deadly in a swarm," is a saying for a reason. A swarm is a scary event. 

 

Thu Apr 29 2021 07:38:28 EDT from Nurb432

It was definitely a swarm. 

 

A scary event for someone like me. 



 



[#] Mon May 03 2021 21:19:45 EDT from Nurb432

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Dude across the street mowing his lawn

Big "Crunch" as he hit something, hear the engine bog down then *boom* and smoke..   sounds like someone is buying a new mower tomorrow. 



[#] Mon May 03 2021 21:52:26 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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I miss my riding lawn mower. I used to mow my yard with a six pack, getting drunk, doing brodies in my front yard and waving at the Jackson police when they drove by. :D 

 



[#] Mon May 03 2021 22:05:02 EDT from zooer

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They should have arrested you for driving a motor vehicle under the influence.  :)



[#] Mon May 03 2021 23:05:02 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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I was always interested in seeing what would happen. I think as long as I was in my own yard and not creating a disturbance, it was probably legal. :) 

Private property for the win! 

 

Mon May 03 2021 22:05:02 EDT from zooer

They should have arrested you for driving a motor vehicle under the influence.  :)



 



[#] Tue May 04 2021 07:17:42 EDT from Nurb432

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I think it depends on the area, its actually declared illegal on private property in some areas.  I think id move if so, as clearly they are Nazis, telling you what you can do on your own land like that.



[#] Tue May 04 2021 10:27:35 EDT from darknetuser

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2021-05-03 22:05 from zooer
They should have arrested you for driving a motor vehicle under the
influence.  :)


Only if it was a mechanical riding lawn mower, instead of a mustang riding lawn mower.

[#] Tue May 04 2021 10:40:33 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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We were in NE Ohio just south of Akron and a bit West of Canton. 

Still fairly rural and close enough to areas so rural you would hear shotguns all day once hunting season opened. 

I'm sure the police considered me the well behaved Californian who didn't ride his riding mower while drunk down to the liquor store to buy his second case of Bud for the day! :D 

Tue May 04 2021 07:17:42 EDT from Nurb432

I think it depends on the area, its actually declared illegal on private property in some areas.  I think id move if so, as clearly they are Nazis, telling you what you can do on your own land like that.



 



[#] Tue May 11 2021 19:56:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"Only deadly in a swarm," is a saying for a reason. A swarm is a scary event. 

Are we still talking about bees?  ;)

 



[#] Tue May 11 2021 23:44:10 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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In 2020, I suppose it applied to a LOT of things other than bees. ;) 

 

Tue May 11 2021 19:56:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

 

"Only deadly in a swarm," is a saying for a reason. A swarm is a scary event. 

Are we still talking about bees?  ;)

 



 



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