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You guys crack me up, it wasn't too funny at the time but all went well (yeah I went running like a screaming little girl to the house). Worked out a better war plan and went back, bees clustered back on the branch and for the second try I got a ladder and loppers. Things went much better, best I can remember that was my first swarm, and by myself to boot.

Never did see the queen that day.

Come on now, tell on yourselves!!

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I seriously need to keep my mouth shut. I went to get some nucs ready and took 20+ stings in about 3 minute's time. The worst came from the ones that got in the veil and nailed my head and throat.
 

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The final indignation, after receiving several stings to my inner thighs and arms this am, I had one go up my pant leg and sting my butt!
 

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Your butt. Is that all? Let me tell you about bees in your pants. I guess that will take a personal message. Sorry, didn't mean to get your hopes up.

Monie,
Ever heard of a smoker? :) Just kidding. I'm sure you have haerd of a smoker. :)

I just get the idea that maybe you don't use one correctly. What are the bees telling you? "Monie, you are using too much smoke. And stop dropping our frames on the ground. If you don't we will keep crawling up your pants legs and stinging you where it hurts."

Or, "Monie, where is your smoker? We don't come to your house and just rip the roof off w/out knocking first." Proper smoke use warns the bees that you are opening their house and they are then less defensive.

If all of this is old hat and you are still getting stung, sorry.
 

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p.s. About 2 or 3 wks ago I got stung on my belly right above or at the belt line. A fully planted sting it was. I find that getting stung in fatty tissue is quite a bit more painful than muscular tissue or the hands.

It was hard to get the stinger out too. And I may not have gotten the whole thing out because I believe it got infected. It still shows a welt and discoloration. I've never had a sting do that before.

It didn't help to be right where I would sintch my belt. Well, really to the right side of there.
 

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Yep, had the smoker, and it was cool smoke. They were pretty riled from the storm, but I had to get some nice together. Poor timing on my part.
 

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My covered in stings moment came yesterday and tonight.... both. Yesterday did a cutout, so I guess it's kinda normal, but this cutout was so massive it was worse than normal. I stopped counting after a couple dozen stings... through the suit/pants. Then tonight, same bees wouldn't stay in the new hive yesterday and clustered on the outside instead, making the neighbors upset. One complained, so this morning I'm going to move them, along with 3 others to an out-yard that has lots of space. Trouble is I had to set them up on the pallet... and I couldn't sleep because I was so worried about them. So 2 am I awoke and decided to go ahead and re-hive them and palletize the rest... HA! Yeah, of course that was a bad idea. Took at least a dozen more stings. At least now all I have to do when dawn does break is seal off the hives and move 'em.
 

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Bens-Bees said:
I couldn't sleep because I was so worried about them. So 2 am I awoke and decided to go ahead and re-hive them and palletize the rest... HA! Yeah, of course that was a bad idea. Took at least a dozen more stings. At least now all I have to do when dawn does break is seal off the hives and move 'em.
would it be a fair assumption on our part that when we read in books that bees crawl at night and try to get in to sting we should take that to be a true statement :D
 

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riverrat said:
would it be a fair assumption on our part that when we read in books that bees crawl at night and try to get in to sting we should take that to be a true statement :D
Bees fly at night too... and when they do... they lock onto a target like a pit-bull and won't let up until they deposit their stinger in something. But certainly many others were crawling around... right up my pant legs... :Dancing:
 

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a not quite sting story...

Early on in my first year keeping bees when I was still very nervous about getting stung I had a bee get in my veil. Interesting part was he went straight down, headfirst, into my ear. So I hear this extremely loud buzzing sound. I throw the veil off, shake my head, run in circles, jump up & down; but the sound is still there. After a minute or two I finally stop. I take a deep breath, put two fingers up to my ear, and pull out a bee who flies away. She was probably more scared than I was. Still can't believe I didn't get a sting out of that one.

Now if you want some stings... have a bear knock over a hive at dusk, let it get really dark, and then go try to reassemble the hive. That's a nightmare I still really can't talk about.
 
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