Girls and I almost attacked by a swarm of bees!

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by totoro, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    We were hiking through the Wash/Arroyo back behind our house. We will not be able to do this much longer due the Rattlers and other critters coming out. Today it is going to be 87!
    We are working on a photo project for K on why we should care about our environment.
    Someone dumped a couple of couches in the wash and she wanted to take some photos.

    We had walked a good ways and were walking back with Dexter. I had just let him off leash because we were nearing home.

    N was ahead of us which turned out to be a good thing. I heard the loudest buzzing I have ever heard, K looks at me and screams a swarm is coming at us.
    You could feel it moving across the Wash towards us.
    It was huge! I screamed at her RUN!
    I grabbed her arm and just started hauling b-u-t-t.
    Dexter took off.

    I screamed at N to run home.
    We were able to pull ahead of it as it moved across the wash. When we got up a bit we stopped and I was shaking so hard. I pulled out my phone and told husband to come out and grab the girls so I could go and find Dexter.

    A woman on a horse was coming up the wash and I warned her that a swarm had just traveled through. I told her Dexter had bolted, she pulled up and went over the ridge and started looking for him.

    We found him up a ways and he looked like he had rolled in the mud a bit, I don't know if he got stung or not. But obviously he didn't get swarmed.

    I can not tell you how scary it was.
    We have been having a LOT of attacks in the past couple of months due to a wet winter and early spring plus with all of the vacant homes the bees have set up shop with no one getting rid of the hives.
     
  2. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Omg! :faint:

    I am so very glad that you're all okay and that none of you got swarmed. That's very scary.
     
  3. ThreeShadows

    ThreeShadows Quid me anxia?

    Oh, Toto! That's right out of a horror movie! Will this event have a major impact on the girls' behavior?
     
  4. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    Thanks T-
    As I am reading up a bit it sounds like it is going to be a bad year for swarms here! Great. Luckily N didn't really realize what was going on, she is so freaked out by a fly in the house.
    We have a real problem here with Africanized Bees here. All you can do once they swarm you is run and cover your head and face.
     
  5. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    3 Shadows you snuck in! K actually wasn't really phased once we got home!??!! She is such a strange kid. She went back to being out of it which she has been for a couple of days now. I had to drag her to go on the hike with me and N.
    I down played it to N so I got away with not much trauma with both girls luckily!
    But it scared the heck out of me and husband. He could tell I was freaked out and I don't get freaked out by nature very often.
     
  6. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    How scary! I am so glad no one got stung. Maybe there are signs other than the sound that could help warn you if a swarm is coming or is likely?

    I remember hearing my Gma tell about when my dad got attacked by a swarm of hornets. I think his dad mowed over them, or else my dad was using a toy mower and ran over the hive himself. He was about 5yo at the time. He ran but still was covered in stings from the hornets.

    My father NEVER again mowed in shorts. Nor would he allow my brother to, not even if it was over 100 degrees. The way my dad described being stung is still very very vivid in my mind. I can only imagine how vivid it still is in his mind.

    I hope the girls are not afraid to go outside or go exploring after this!
     
  7. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    ps. I think N really should have some donuts to help soothe her after the trauma. (lol) :try2fly::please::yes:
     
  8. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Yikes! That's so scary.
    Whew. Glad they didn't get you.
    And I'm glad K is so resilient (at least, in this case). There's something to be said for being "in the moment." :)
    Glad Dexter was okay, too.
    Whew.
     
  9. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Double Yikes!

    That scared me just reading it. I am completely afraid of bees of any sort. One gets in the house and I am hiding under the bed covers screaming for someone to come get it...lol.

    Glad you guys made the mad dash for home in time. Whew!
     
  10. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Oh my. I would have freaked, too - I am deathly afraid of bees - and probably extremely allergic - it has been years so I'm not totally sure really - but one paralyzes me. Oh. I am SO glad you all avoided them!!! HUGS!
     
  11. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    I am glad no harm came to any of you. That sounds like it would have been extremely scary.
     
  12. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Glad no one got stung! That would have freaked me out completely.
     
  13. sunxstone

    sunxstone New Member

    Very scary!! I'm glad you all got away ok!
     
  14. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Super scary-so glad you are all safe.
     
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