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Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedro [Re: Marty] #409327
06/06/11 08:10 AM
06/06/11 08:10 AM
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TExarkana, USA
catdance62 Offline
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bees of any kind only sting (or "attack) to protect the hive.

Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedro [Re: Marty] #409330
06/06/11 08:38 AM
06/06/11 08:38 AM
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Barbara K Offline
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Reed Booth from Bisbee AZ is a wealth of knowledge on removal and relocation of Africanized Bee Hives.
Makes great honey too!

Amanda - Homeopathic Apis (made from Bee venom) is the "homeopathic Epi-pen." Anyone allergic to bee stings should keep some on hand. Actually good for any severe allergic reaction with red, hot, swelling...

Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedro [Re: collyk] #409332
06/06/11 08:47 AM
06/06/11 08:47 AM
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Rhode Island, USA
Glenn in RI Offline
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Originally Posted by collyk
You shouldn't fear them or worry about them at all unless they are swarming.

Actually swarming bees are less likely to be agressive than those protecting a hive. Swarming is the natural method of honeybee reproduction. The current queen leaves the existing hive along with many workers (and your cash for the season)they will often land in trees or out of the way places and you see this mass of bees they are basically pulled over to the side of the road till scouts return with information of a good location for the new hive. This is where they will go to set up shop. If you are lucky you can grab the whole mass and have an instant hive, a bee keepers version of hitting the lottery.

Obviously stings can occur during the swarm or anytime, but it's not like the defensive attack when the hive is threatened.

Very often local police will keep a bee keepers contact info at hand so swarms can be easily dealt with. Extermination should be a last resort.

Catchy phrase not included.
Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedr [Re: Glenn in RI] #409397
06/06/11 10:43 PM
06/06/11 10:43 PM
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San Pedro
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Bees are also migratory. If a swarm appears in a tree or similar place (where they haven't been seen before), they are just "resting" - or are pulled over on the side of the road - and are usually gone the next morning, and certainly within 48 hours. Just don't disturb them and they will go about their business. And, it is agreed, bees should never be exterminated. They are far too valuable to a healthy eco system.

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Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedr [Re: Marty] #409417
06/07/11 08:43 AM
06/07/11 08:43 AM
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Caye Caulker
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The idea that all bees in Belize are Africanized is based on almost no evidence.
File that with the theory that all non resistant coconut trees are going to be wiped out worldwide by 1999.
To tell an African hybrid from a from a pure Italian, the beekeepers variety, needs a genetic test.
Mayan stingless bees are easy to tell. They look very dif.

Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedr [Re: Marty] #409460
06/07/11 01:39 PM
06/07/11 01:39 PM
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Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”

Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedr [Re: Marty] #409984
06/16/11 09:13 AM
06/16/11 09:13 AM
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San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
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I thought this was just another silly thread until yesterday.
I got stung about 10 times. I was spraying WD-40 on my motorcycle in the wind and the hive was about 25 yards downwind. They obviously they don't like WD-40.
It was cartoonish, in a way, to be chased by a swarm of bees down the beach, but I can see how it could be dangerous if your allergic or a slow runner.

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Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedr [Re: Marty] #409997
06/16/11 09:52 AM
06/16/11 09:52 AM
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San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye...
Amanda Syme Offline

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It can be deadly. One of my friends lost an uncle last year to bee stings. He was a farmer on the mainland and somehow disturbed a hive.

Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedr [Re: Marty] #410030
06/17/11 08:07 AM
06/17/11 08:07 AM
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San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
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I'm a little swollen today it seems to come on slower for my chemistry.
Some professionals have been hired by the hotel to remove them.
I'm sure they will make some beekeeper happy somewhere else in Belize.
I totally agree about their value and how they should not be killed , just not part of someone's vacation.

White Sands Dive Shop
Re: School and other offices evacuated in San Pedr [Re: Marty] #410109
06/18/11 11:04 AM
06/18/11 11:04 AM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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OH ...... HERE'S that darned old bee thread (I had a senior moment over on the croc thread)
Recently saw Jackass III (my nephew's idea) - a movie - along with a lot of other remarkably disgusting stuff, some guys play tether-ball with a bee-hive, wearing few if any clothes. Elbert was not one of them.

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