Jul 31, 2001 8:37 PM
|Has anyone noticed an increase in the number of bees this summer? I seem to run into them on almost every ride I do. They're so thick in my front yard that letting my daughter play outside makes me a bit nervous. Then this morning, I was descending at about 35 mph when I saw some flying insects headed in my direction. Thinking they were just flies, I didn't worry about it much and then I got nailed in the neck, just above my jersey. At first I thought the stinging sensation was just from the speed of impact, but it lasted too long. Then I felt the stinger in my neck and noticed a bit of swelling and heat almost immediately. Fortunately my neck didn't end up looking like Vaughter's eye. Is anyone else running into angry bees on the road this summer?|
|re: Stung||ALLEN phx.|
Jul 31, 2001 8:50 PM
|Well, a portion of the bike path that I use sometimes is (temporarily) blocked off because of a bee hive. But, I've never been stung by anything in my whole life. Yeah, I guess there is an increase of bees around where I live.
Remember, safety first!...Always wear your helmet, & bring a can of bug spray too!
|wasn't wearing riding shorts||ak|
Aug 1, 2001 5:11 AM
|one of my old training partners and I were on a ride and he didn't bother to put on his lycra riding shorts before he left the house. well three miles into the ride he got stung on his wang-chung. He wears lycra riding shorts all the time now. :o)|
|FYI, lycra doesn't work anti-sting down there. trust me. NM||Haiku d'état|
Aug 1, 2001 10:02 AM
|huh, they won't let you type "PENI$" (nm)||ak|
Aug 1, 2001 1:34 PM
|Stung 2||Mike K|
Jul 31, 2001 8:53 PM
|Had a bee fly under my glasses a couple of weeks ago while going up a hill about a mile from the end of a ride. Felt something fly under my Oakleys, then felt a light pop - like someone flicked their finger between my nose and my eye. The damn thing stung me right right beside where the glasses' nose piece ends.
Did not sting at first but just kind of built up and up until it hurt like hell. Two days later I looked like someone got a halfhearted shot in under my eye. Mine was no where as bad as Vaughter's eye - that was a mess - I'm not really allergic to the things but still does not feel good at all and the swelling made my eye water at anything over 20 mph so riding was a ton of fun..
Aug 1, 2001 3:57 AM
|On a particularly hot day I was on my favorite ride and my jersey was open. The bee hit me near my hemet chin strap and fell into the jersey. I must have looked pretty goofy whacking myself in the chest like a chimp. I concur- the bees are everywhere. Almost every day I ride I get one in the glasses. One more reason I always wear eye protection.|
|re: Stung "yes I have "||Steve A|
Aug 1, 2001 4:00 AM
|While in a pace line last week a bee landed on my on my quad, it stung me right through my shorts? Within 3 minutes i felt like death ! Along came a cop on bike patrol with a first aid kit. He had some stuff for bee bites, and it helped, there was no big rash or swelling, just felt bad, I never did see what kind of bee it was?? It itched for days and i felt not to good for days, well i guess its part of the deal! Ride on!|
|yep...heck yep!||Haiku d'état|
Aug 1, 2001 5:00 AM
|yep, 6/23 and 6/28, see the link to the posting for the latter date. ended up dosing myself with adrenaline and in the E.R.
they do seem to have proliferated this spring/summer. helmet vents appear to have been made for the sole purpose of catching stinging insects. had one in there last night--luckily got 'em out before he was too angry!
bee (sic) safe!
Aug 1, 2001 5:34 AM
|Are we talking about actual bees here or hornets and wasps? Usually bees (the honey bee type) are too busy with the flowers to bother themselves with attacking people. It's normally the hornets that do the stinging, at least here in NJ. Having said that, I am allergic to the stings and have to watch it if I get stung. If it's above the neck, I'm off to the hospital. On the leg or arm, I only swell up. Being a gardener (I grow over 160 roses and other flowers as well), I'm always aware of these creatures. There has been a marked shortage of bees and other pollinators in the past 10 years. The gardening boards are full of information and reasons etc, etc. But in order not to bore you with a bunch of details, your experiences are probably pretty isolated instances and are not indicative of recent trends.
|So what's the deal||mike mcmahon|
Aug 1, 2001 5:49 AM
|with all the sensational news stories about massive swarms of AFRICANIZED KILLER BEES? Aren't massive swarms of AFRICANIZED KILLER BEES coming to sting adults into submission and carry away our small children and pets?
As you may be able to tell from the tone of this message I am attempting sarcasm at the expense of television news. Anyhow, it sounds like you know bees. What is the real deal on the "killer bees" we've heard so much about in the past few years? Will we have to ride in bee-proof jumpsuits?
|So what's the deal||Jim Burton|
Aug 1, 2001 8:47 AM
|I would imagine that the hype surrounding killer bees is of the same type as the hype surrounding mosquitos and the "West Nile Virus". Basically, I think the chances of encountering any of these sensationalized situations is less than the chances of being struck by lightning. SNL has a great skit about a local news cast putting forth, just before commercial, a title like, "What you and your family should know about the city's water supply...the dangers of di-hydrogen monoxide innundating our water!" (for those who don't know, di-hydrogen monoxide is a strange way of saying H2O!)|
|So what's the deal||Beth|
Aug 2, 2001 7:37 PM
|As it turns out, Africanized bees do not like the cold. Their northward flight of terror is slowing down, apparently.|
|re: Bee Stings||Haiku d'état|
Aug 1, 2001 10:07 AM
|isolated? yeah, isolated to ME.
not sure if i included in the prior post (see the link), but i didn't see what stung me and sent me to the ER a couple years back OR the one here recently. both were while riding, one MTB and the most recent one road, backroads, under treed canopy. all i know is they both stung like hot pokers and within ten minutes i was big and red like a steroidal tomato. first sting was in the arm and the latest one was, uh, in a more sensitive area.
|Bee in the Bonnet||nova|
Aug 1, 2001 6:08 AM
|Last Friday, I was riding along when I felt/heard the familiar 'Thunk!' of a insect colliding with my helmet. I always thought that such an impact killed the little buggers.
Not this time! I felt a stinging and burning sensation in my right
temple. It kept building up and getting more intense by the second. Finally I pulled over and removed my helmet. There was a hornet inside, clinging to one of the pads. I crushed it and headed back to my car, hoping that I hadn't developed an allergy in the 20 years since I was last stung.
By the time I arrived home (30 mins later?), my forehead was swollen and red, but that was the extent of it. I'm grateful that I don't have the severe reaction to stings and bites the way some people do.
|re: Stung||Lone Gunman|
Aug 1, 2001 10:49 AM
|I notice the bee population gets aggressive later in the season, like now. It seems that they are attracted to bright color jerseys (not sure if it is color or scent that brings them to flowers) and they sting right through lycra shorts.|
Aug 1, 2001 2:11 PM
|I was riding and had a Bee fly right into the top of my helmet, i was going like 25 mph and i was slamming my hand intomy head then i through off my helmet andlaunched it scratching my headwhooo i didnt get stung .|
|Nailed in the Crotch||grzy mnky|
Aug 1, 2001 5:27 PM
|Well really close - zipping down the single track on my MTB - couldn't really take my hands off the bars until I could stop. Been stung on the road bike/motorcycle several times. Had 'em fly into the helmet too! Dunno about there being more/less, but it could be that more are "Africanized" and therefore more agressive. I honestly don't know what you can do to avoid it. Ride in a jumpsuit? Helmet designs that give the bee some place to go b/c they're more open and free flowing - some trap the bee? |
I definitely wipe out yellow jacket nests (in the ground) when I come across them.
|Nailed in the Crotch--Part II||mike mcmahon|
Aug 1, 2001 6:37 PM
|A friend of mine was mountain biking near Mt. Wilson when he fell and landed in some plants and brush at the side of the trail. He hopped back on and rode a while. A little later he stopped to take a leak, not realizing that his hands were covered in poison oak residue. Needless to say, he had a painful rash for a while. She'd kill me if she knew I was posting this, but my mom used the stuff as toilet paper as a kid when she was on a Girl Scout campout.|| |