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Ever see a SUPER B

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Moose

08-03-2001 21:09:10




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Well, I saw a bunch of Super "Bs" today!!!! Had the 240 and the sickle bar out trimming what the disc-bine couldn't get to. I was buzzing right along when suddenly the buzzing was all around. Hit a ground nest of those nasty little "wooly" bumble bees. They torn me up! Got nailed four times in the chest, twice on the arm and once on the back of my neck. That was in spite of the best dagone floppy hat swinging you would ever want to see. Threw the Farmall into third gear and tried to out run the little buzzers. When that didn't work, I abandoned ship. It's now near to midnight here on the east coast. Recon I'll take a walk out to the field and see if I can get my tractor back. Wonder if she's still idling? How long does the smell of Solarcaine remain on the body? I knew they started putting enclosed cabs on tractors for some reason. )-;}

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Gomer

08-05-2001 15:40:53




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 Re: Ever see a SUPER B in reply to Moose, 08-03-2001 21:09:10  
I have raked/mowed over many bumble bee nests in my time, and the way I avoided problems, is to just sit completely still, freeze to the wheel, and do not make any movement whatsoever----the bees will get into the shade of your hat, but will not sting you. If you don't move, you are safe from stings. I've been there, done that, and it really works.



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Don

08-04-2001 20:04:09




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 Re: Ever see a SUPER B in reply to Moose, 08-03-2001 21:09:10  
I worked with a fellow, who made the observation, that bumblebees would never bother anyone who was operating an F-20 Farmall. He thought there was something about the sound of the exhaust noise that kept them away. The usual practice was to replace the muffler with a rain downspout when the muffler gave out. This may have had something to do with the sound repelling them.



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Bill Smith

08-04-2001 10:54:40




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 Re: Ever see a SUPER B in reply to Moose, 08-03-2001 21:09:10  
I was mowing prairy hay a couple years ago and I hit a nest. I was stung before I noticed what was going on. After I looked and saw I clutched and found higher gear. I took off at much higher speed before I even realized I still had the mower in the grass and trying to mow. I raised bar and shut the mower down without slowing down and the bees chased me clear across the field. I didn't run anything over though. The bad part about the whole mess was I had to finish mowing. Luckly I got it all mowed except a little narrow strip. After that I had to figure out how I was going to rake it. I got into pick up and drove out there and rolled windows up and drove over the nest a couple times. I bet there was 250 bumble bees that came out of there and started buzzing around the truck hitting the windows. Is what I did is I raked about 3 windrows up and down the field over the bee nest with the pick up and then raked the rest of field with tractor. The guy that I hire to bail has a cabbed tractor so it was no problem for him.

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ff316

08-04-2001 08:13:43




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 Re: Ever see a SUPER B in reply to Moose, 08-03-2001 21:09:10  
I knew a guy who once mowed over a nest of those little ground hornets. They ate him up. He got to swatting them and ran through a fence, his wife's vegetable garden. and half a tobacco patch before getting stopped. OUCH!!



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Vern

08-03-2001 21:57:27




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 Re: Ever see a SUPER B in reply to Moose, 08-03-2001 21:09:10  
I came across a hive in the ground while mowing my grass. I parked the roarty mower over the hole and let it run for about 10 minutes. No more bees/yellojackets/whatever.
Vern



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Bill Smith

08-04-2001 10:40:14




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 Re: Re: Ever see a SUPER B in reply to Vern, 08-03-2001 21:57:27  
You must of had a cab or you are one tuff guy.



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Dave BN

08-03-2001 21:37:00




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 Re: Ever see a SUPER B in reply to Moose, 08-03-2001 21:09:10  
Hit a nest while mowing along the road with my garden tractor a few years back. In my haste to get away from them I drove out into the road before I realized it. Good thing nothing was comming or I'd have been a dead. When they swarm on you it can be very disorientating. Dave.



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James

08-05-2001 14:03:32




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 Re: Re: Ever see a SUPER B in reply to Dave BN, 08-03-2001 21:37:00  
My Brother has a Dodge called a Super Bee



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