Monday, April 22, 2013

First one this year

Got a call from my friendly local police department about a swarm, a big one, they said. I remained skeptical because the first call was for a swarm of wasps -- not bees, did I do them? No, I said, call a pest company.

Ring, ring. . . they are bees, it turns out. One flew into the caller's house. Sigh. I thought to myself, well, of course. Wasps don't swarm.

Drove out there after dinner, and hooray! Another beekeeper was already there. I offed to provide backup, and carried things, etc. The swarm was so high in a tree I wouldn't have been able to get it. He had the patented "five gallon bucket duct taped to an extension pole" toolkit.

The swarm was huge. Truly impressive. He did the bucket under, thwump, approach, and half the swarm fell into the bucket, half on the ground. So many many bees. Once things settled down, I left him to continue coaxing the grounded bees into the box.

The children had been patiently waiting near the car to go get some post-Frisbee ice cream, so I hopped in, started the car and wham! Got stung on the chin.

It seemed so. . . unfair.

No pictures, although it's impressively Dudley Do-Right in size.

I sure hope my buddy got all the bees. And no stings.


Daphne Gould said...

Ouch. Hope it goes down soon.

Michelle said...

That is definitely not fair. :(. I hope took consolation is ice cream, you deserved it.

kendra said...

Completely unfair! Hope the ice cream proved to be a healing tonic, at least mentally!

Stefaneener said...

Thanks Daphne. I'm okay.

Michelle, actually I'm trying not to do any sugar! I enjoyed them enjoying it.

Kendra, I like the way you think. I'm puffy today, but not too bad.

kitsapFG said...

I would always get stung! LOL! While I find bees very interesting and admire them greatly... the two of us don't seem to get along as I seem to get stung quite often (and blow up alarmingly when I do).

Stefaneener said...

kitsapFG, I (as well as a couple of kids) swell like a balloon. Doesn't seem to matter how many stings; I'm puffy. And it lasts. If I ever get an itchy throat, I'm quitting.

On the up side, it's only when I'm actively beekeeping that it happens, so that's good.