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Old 07-27-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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How horrible. I can't imagine the terror all involved experienced. I hope somebody has some answers about how and why this happened and how to keep it from ever happening again.

Thousands of Bees Attack Texas Couple, Kill Horses - ABC News
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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They were probably Africanized; European honeybees are only cranky at swarming time. Africanized bees are not only generally cranky and easily aroused, but persistent. They will wait for you if you try to hide under water (never jump in a pool!), and will give chase up to a mile. Preferred stinging spots are dark in color, and they will particularly go for eyes, nose, and mouth.
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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What's most amazing is that they could count them all.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Bees and wasps are my phobia. That would just about be my ultimate nightmare on earth.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:20 PM
 
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There was a wasp in front of our house last night and I sat in the car and called my husband to come out and swat it away before I'd leave the car. Bees and wasps are a huge phobia of mine and this incident has me totally freaked out. Those poor people and their horses.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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Why can't those insects bee-have and just buzz off?

By the way, never swat a wasp.

That tends to make them angry.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:11 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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There was a wasp in front of our house last night and I sat in the car and called my husband to come out and swat it away before I'd leave the car. Bees and wasps are a huge phobia of mine and this incident has me totally freaked out. Those poor people and their horses.
You should check the bushes around your house to see if they have a nest somewhere. If one hangs around the house like that, there could be a nest nearby.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Those killer bees give off some chemical when angry or killed that brings the whole colony.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:25 AM
 
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I was attacked by some killer bees in Arizona earlier this year. The bees are highly aggressive, all I did was walk around the corner of a hiking trail, saw the bee hive from 20 yards away and turned tail and ran as fast as I could. The little SOB's chased me for almost a half mile and I'm a fairly fast runner. Couple of years ago a guy jumped off a cliff because he was getting stung by a swarm and died here in Phoenix.

Read this earlier, takes 7 stings per pound for killer bees to do you in.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:03 PM
 
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It would take a lot fewer stings to do ME in, I'm allergic! I've almost died due to insect stings, I went into anaphylactic (sp?) shock and could not breathe. I was comatose for 3 days there were fears I would not make it.

I think the only thing a person can do in that situation is cover themselves with fabric, a jacket- roll into a ball, to keep exposed skin away from bee stingers? Are there fabrics that are less impervious? Has anyone been stung through clothing? Wondering if a "bee suit" of lightweight material can be made, like one of those "space blankets" that a person could take along on treks just in case? Now there's an idea for an entrepreneur to think about.

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