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Old 09-17-2010, 04:45 PM
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Got stung on the outside of my ankle while working today. was stung by what looked like a Bubble Bee type. Not a huge bee but not a wasp or Yellow jacket. Definitely a bubble bee type. May have been one of those that bores into wood trim as there were many signs of that at the site. found the nest as a raised mound under a tree about ten feet from where I was stung. About 50 bees were buzzing around it and I hit them with Ortho wasp spray and although it didnt knock them down like it does to wasp after about 15 minutes only saw about a dozen buzzing on the ground around the nest. I'll go back Sat with something more powerful to kill them as I have to finish what I was doing.

Anyway, the pain was an intense burn for about 30 seconds after the sting then not much of anything. Got home , showered and suddenly the site swelled up a little and the pain came in the form of throbbing, deep almost to the ankle bone pain, not a burn or itch at all. this started a least 3 hours after the sting. Anyone know anything about bee stings?
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Do you mean Bumble Bee?

If so. leave them alone unless you think they are African. There is a real shortage of them right now and we really shouldn't be killing them off - your garden and local farmers will thank you.
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I guess it's too late to tell you not to pinch the sting area. As with other bees, I usually try to cut the stinger off with a sharp knife or something. Also using the rough side of a leather belt may pull the stinger off if it is still in you skin.

A few months ago I was surf fishing and decided to return the remaining sand crabs back to the water to grow bigger before leaving. I had to step on a honey bee with all that sand around!
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Got stung on the outside of my ankle while working today. was stung by what looked like a Bubble Bee type. Not a huge bee but not a wasp or Yellow jacket. Definitely a bubble bee type. May have been one of those that bores into wood trim as there were many signs of that at the site. found the nest as a raised mound under a tree about ten feet from where I was stung. About 50 bees were buzzing around it and I hit them with Ortho wasp spray and although it didnt knock them down like it does to wasp after about 15 minutes only saw about a dozen buzzing on the ground around the nest. I'll go back Sat with something more powerful to kill them as I have to finish what I was doing.

Anyway, the pain was an intense burn for about 30 seconds after the sting then not much of anything. Got home , showered and suddenly the site swelled up a little and the pain came in the form of throbbing, deep almost to the ankle bone pain, not a burn or itch at all. this started a least 3 hours after the sting. Anyone know anything about bee stings?
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Yes I meant Bumble Bee. African or not they will be killed. Just because there is a shortage doesnt mean life has to stop. This nest is 5 feet from a homeowners front door and it will be dealt with. Cant stand the environmental wackos. Paper or plastic, what did that get us?
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As a landscaper i gets blasted at least twice a year by bee's......usually while trimming hedges and pruning tree's..

from your pain it sounds like a white faced hornet...or yellow jacket!?

I bumped into a white faced hornets a couple of weeks ago and got it 5 times, mostly on top of the head.. brutal... nest was bigger than a basketball..went back at night on a cool temp night and got my revenge!

and of course made scratch for the pain and suffering
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Thank God it wasn't the Bubble Bee, it's my understanding that they are federally protected and their wrappers are particularly dangerous!

Assuming you are OK this morning, learning to properly pull the stinger out is good knowledge. Ice will help with the pain. It's possible the sting and subsequent swelling was in a joint and thus the unusual pain. If you still have a lot of pain and/or swelling, you might bee allergic and should see a doctor. Yes, the pun was intended.

If you want to ID the bee, try this http://www.everythingabout.net/artic...es/digger_bee/

if that's them, sounds like you stepped into the middle of a bunch of horny teenagers waiting for the hot teacher to get out of her car.

Personally, I don't kill bees or snakes or spiders, etc.. However, everything is situational, if they can't be removed and they pose a threat, they've got to go.
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Was weed eating a fence line and stirred up a nest of those ground Bumble Bees. At first it felt like someone was plucking me in the head until I felt the pain.
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Got stung twice last Friday on the finger no pain at all. Next day my hand was the size of a balloon and the stinger area itched like a bitch! I needed to remove a hive a property that I just listed, it was under construction and the bees created a hive in one of the arch forms. Sealed up their access, poured in gasoline and lit it. Kablaam - blew half the form off but no more bees. I was lucky the police did not show up made one hell of a noise.

I agree with Menzies comments about protecting them since they are in short supply. I tried to find someone to remove them but couldn't at a reasonable price. I really hated to kill them but was left with no choice.

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