My worst fear realized....

  1. OK, so I have this irrational fear of bees. Really anything that stings, I'm not picky in my fear. I literally freeze up in the presence of anything from this hideous species.

    So this morning I go into my basement to get some laundry out of the dryer. I reach above my head and turn on the light, to see that there are hundreds of bees in my basement.

    I cannot explain how long that trip up the stairs was to me. And if the ringing in my ears hadn't been so loud, I probably would have heard myself screaming.

    So, we rent our house. Called the owner/landlord (large local real estate agency), and their guys came and looked at it. Said they've gotten into the walls and built their nests there. They can't take care of it. They sprayed something around the exterior of the house and in the huge freakin NEST (not a hive - a nest, like hubby or maintainence guy have never seen), but the real guy is coming tomorrow. I will not stay in this house now. I'm here to get my hair products (still have a sense of humor in the face of fear!) and such, and we're staying at my mom's.

    So if anyone sees me logged on here tomorrow, it's the killer bees that have taken over my house! I don't know why my mother won't buy a puter!

    Heather
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  2. 55 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    Holy cow Heather!
    I detest bees too, in fact, up until last year, I had never been stung. But, sure enough, I was pruning MY hydrangeas, and this frickin hornet came and stung me right on the finger. It hurt like HELL! He wouldn't get off! I screamed at the top of my lungs and my husband was yelling at me to sit down. I was panicked and crying hysterically. I lost all common sense. It swelled the size of a carrot. So now, I am petrified of them as a result.

    A ******* NEST in your house?? Ummm no. I would leave too, Heather. No way. I would NOT stay in that house either.

    A friend of mine had this old tree house/outhouse type thing on her property that hadn't been used in years, I guess. So she went to go look at it before possibly tearing it down or renovating it and found a HUGE, HUMONGOUS hornet's nest, about the size of, well, a fetal monitor, really. The thing was pulsating! She had to get some professional who takes care of nests that large to deal with it.
    I would have screamed bloody murder.

    Good luck.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    Oh my gosh!! I got creeped out just READING about it!! That would be like me finding a tree full of monkey's in my backyard!

    Thank goodness you weren't stung!!

    (((((((((((( HEATHER ))))))))))))))))
  5. by   Q.
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    That would be like me finding a tree full of monkey's in my backyard!


    Are you afraid of monkeys?
  6. by   prn nurse
    Isn't that the storyline on one of the current soaps? I recall the guy was "stung to death " in his sleep.

    They should not have sprayed. That just antagonizes them and twice as many more come to see what is going on and to help.

    Always call a bee keeper....even though it isn't a hive yet, they are lookin' to see where to build it and starting "starter" nests in the meantime.

    It's no comfort I know, but the little boogers are a necessity or we'd all starve.............
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by Susy K


    Are you afraid of monkeys?
    Yes, a completely irrational fear... :uhoh21:
  8. by   Stargazer
    I can totally relate, Heather. Just over a year ago, I woke up one fine Saturday morning to see about a dozen bees circling my ceiling. I thought, *****, 'cause I have screens on all my windows but the bathroom, but mentally shrugged and figured I'd left the BR window open the day before. Got out the can of Raid and chased everyone of those suckers down. Normally, I'm NOT that scared of bees.

    The next day, I'm cleaning, which involved taking the broom and sweeping the cobwebs from the ceilings, when I notice a little black spot that didn't come off the first time I brushed it. Brushed at it with the broom AGAIN, and...punched a small hole in the ceiling from which dozens, no hundreds of bees started crawling out!

    I admit it. I freaked. Talk about an adrenaline rush. I ran for the vaccum, put on the extension tubing, and started sucking up bees. For minutes, hours, days, I stood there hyperventilating and listening to the horrible heavy little *thump* each one made as it passed through the vacuum tubing. After 10 minutes or so, I realized I could be there all day, so I ran to the kitchen, got some Saran Wrap and a roll of electrical tape, and stood on a chair and sealed the ceiling shut.

    Then I called my landlady in hysterics and told her I needed an exterminator, like, yesterday.

    The exterminator came and said they had gotten in through the outside and had made a nest in the ceiling. He filled the ceiling with some kind of foam and promised they'd all be dead within 48 hours. He also pointed out that they'd kind of eaten through a lot of the ceiling and since there was now only a thin layer of drywall between me and the crawl-space, it would have to be replaced.

    One of the many reasons I am hoping to move to my own place in the next year or so.
  9. by   kids
    Bees-EEEEKKKK!!!

    My epi-pen is never out of reach!
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    I got stung this weekend on my finger. It was the first time in YEARS that I had a bee sting. I "used" to be allergic to bee stings and sure enough my hand started to swell up. I had some benadryl on hand and popped a couple and it controled the swelling.
    Question:
    Where does one get an epi-pen?
    I probably should get one.
    -Russell
  11. by   live4today
    So sorry to hear about the bees in your home, Heather, but happy to hear no one was hurt by them. Glad you and your family are safe at your mothers until the situation can be resolved. My own husband is highly allergic to bee stings, so we would have been gone out of there in a hurry, too. He has to carry on his person an epi kit just in case he is stung. Me...I just don't like any kind of insect that stings, bites, spews venom, or whatever else they are capable of doing......but....I do love the honey that honeybees make.
  12. by   valk
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I got stung this weekend on my finger. It was the first time in YEARS that I had a bee sting. I "used" to be allergic to bee stings and sure enough my hand started to swell up. I had some benadryl on hand and popped a couple and it controled the swelling.
    Question:
    Where does one get an epi-pen?
    I probably should get one.
    -Russell
    You need an Rx for an epipen. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
  13. by   Rustyhammer
    Thanks valk,
    I'll hit up one of the Docs this week.
    I haven't actually had an appt. in years.
    -Russell
  14. by   night owl
    We have something going on with bees in my house. As I sit on the john I can look out the window and watch the bees go in and out from behind the aluminum siding. So that means one day I could be sitting on the john and all of a sudden these bees could come out in swarms all over me from some crack in the wall??? OMG!!!!!! This nest has been brewing for three years that I know of...Holy Shat!!!
    One day this past spring I went into my basement and it was over run with big, fat,black flies and I said ***** Where on earth did these come from???? Perhaps this house is possessed???? Got my can of Raid and shot every last one of those babies down.

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