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Old 03-10-2009, 05:33 PM
Location: Centerville, North Carolina
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Hey everyone, I'll make this quick, I'm looking to relocate from the mountains of NE Alabama. I've got four places I'm thinking about, and north Florida is one of them. Gilchrist County, specifically, i.e. around Bell, FL.

I'm allergic to flying, stinging critters - like hornets, bees, wasps, yellowjackets, etc. - as in if I get stung and don't have an Epi-Pen to jamb into my leg, I'm going to meet Jesus.

I know it might sound trivial to some, but this is a big deal for me, so before I pick up and invest all my savings in moving, I want to make sure I'm not moving out of the frying pan and into the fire (we have a serious red wasp problem in this area, an in, dozens if not hundreds of them doing dive-bomb attacks as you walk from your house to your car, or step out on your front porch).

So- do you folks down in north-central Florida have tons of flying stinging things coming out now that the weather is warm? I know that there are wasps and hornets everywhere, all 50 states, but it seems a WHOLE lot worse here than in much of the rest of the country, like North Carolina where I grew up.

Thanks for any input you can provide!

P.S. - and while I'm at it, I might as well ask, is there anything else that people routinely are killed by while out in their backyards, i.e. large populations of venomous snakes?
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:53 AM
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I live in Gilchrist County near Bell and have lived here 13 years. Never heard of any bee attacks. We have harmless, annoying Love Bugs in May & Sept, they just make your car a mess and they are attracted to white. Best wishes.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:15 AM
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You could also try Central Florida,north of orlando, Lake County , Sumpter, marion Co. In-Laws live in Lake County and I have been there in mid-May and october.. I didnt see ONE bee, wasp, yellow - jacket etc...and I was pretty shocked by that.... There are those love-bugs for a 3 or 4 week period in May..but hey are harmless ..just fly into your windshield and front bumper of your car and u gott awash them off quick due to their chemistry the acid in their bodies when they die can eat the paint away off your car. You should look into it.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:15 AM
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I don't know exactly where GIlchirst county is but still recent story took place in Lakeland in Central Florida. It was on the front page of Fox News website but I pulled this from a different site via Google. I'm sure this is rare but this is probably the most terrifying news article I've ever read.

Woman stung 1,000 times: Elderly Central Florida woman in critical condition after suffering 1,000 wasp stings - chicagotribune.com
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:33 PM
Location: oak island, nc
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Bell,Fla. and have been stung by one.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:35 PM
Location: oak island, nc
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worry more about the wood scorpion.plentiful around pine trees
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