Wednesday, May 14, 2008

BEE ALERT!

Yesterday, at the bottom of our driveway was a HUGE HUGE HUGE swarm of BEES. Like a CLOUD of bees. (Sorry, I didn't get a picture of this.)

The bees' home: the cable box.

We scooted Child #3 inside the house.

You might remember that Child # has a major allergy to honey bees. As in Epi-Pen allergy.

I called Cox Cable.

We will be getting a visit from.....The Bee Lady!

The dark clumps on the front and side of the "box" are clumps of bees.



If you look closely, you can see a bunch of bees on the left side of the "box." I took these photos after the bees had calmed down and stopped swarming the end of our driveway.

23 comments:

Stephen Parrish said...

Bee careful.

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

HipWriterMama said...

A bee stung my middle one last week. I was in a total panic since she is allergic to practically everything. Thankfully she was fine. Of course the pediatrician's office told me it usually takes a bunch of bee stings to uncover the allergy...

I'm impressed the cable company will do something about this. Good luck!

Shelli said...

Eeeeck!

deboradale said...

Terrifying. My fear of bees and other stinging things often prevent me from enjoying my tiny city yard. Like your son, I'm allergic - even to mosquito bites. They swell and turn to huge bruises. I'm so glad you notices this swarm before any one was hurt.

~Debbie

Laura said...

WOW - that could have BEEn very dangerous.

keri mikulski :) said...

Bees scare the crap out of me. Yikes.

Bina said...

Holy Crap! That is amazing, and scary too!

PJ Hoover said...

This is one of those times I'd be so happy to be able to call someone else to fix the problem!

Chantal said...

Ack thats a lot of bees.

Mrs. Annie said...

Well...I know it's creepy and dangerous for wee child.

But...if they are indeed honey bees, than it's really cool. Because they are dying off by the millions.

~Virginia~ said...

i can't stand bees. i've heard all the "if you leave them alone they won't bother you" theory and it's just never sunk in. i'm convinced they smell fear.

Elizabeth said...

So glad your allergic one avoided the bees.
I love honey and the bees help us no much but I'm an epi-pen bee person too and love gardening but keep pretty wary of them.
What an adventure - not to bee repeated too soon, I hope.

Bill Clark said...

To bee or not to bee, that is the question.

Hamlet winds up with its protagonist in a state of non-beeing. But then, Elsinore was a hive of intrigue. Ghosts and other unsavory characters swarmed everywhere. As usual, it was all due to the activity of the queen. When Hamlet confronted her, her drone of a second husband killed off Hamlet from a poisoned sting.

From which we are to learn that bees are to be avoided if you wish to live a long and happy life. Clearly that was the message Shakespeare was trying to convey to us in this widely-misunderstood play.

brian_ohio said...

Holy Crap! Get rid of those things! Don't chameleons eat bees?

Glad you got Child #3 out of the yard in time.

Barrie said...

Thank you, Bill. I think I'm finally getting a grasp on Hamlet thanks to your explanation!

I'm enjoying all the "bee" puns!

And, Brian, I don't think chameleons eat bees. Although I did notice a large alligator lizard in the garden by the bees yesterday afternoon....

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

It IS bee season, isn't it? We've been entertaining the odd bumblebee in our house. For some reason, the English don't worry about putting screens on their windows and doors. A bit odd, considering there isn't central air here. Anyway, for the most part, I just sort of let them bee (doh!). But if I had someone in my family with a bee allergy, I'd find a way to keep them out.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Hope you get rid of the swarm soon. It's scary, esp. w/ child #3 being so allergic.

Linda

Sarakastic said...

ack that's scary

Anonymous said...

Did Cox ever call back? If so, are they taking care of the problem or did they refer you to ... someone else! I can imagine how scary that was! You do NOT need to spend any more time in the ER!

Carlene

Laura said...

I'd bee very beefuddled by this situation. (and creeped out too)

Beth said...

That would terrify me and also having me asking the questions, "Why us?" "Why here?!"
Hope you get rid of them pronto.

Family Adventure said...

Not huge fans of bees here, either. Fortunately, they are not that difficult to get rid of.

Heidi

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