i was getting ready to go out for awhile so i took scout out for potty. i walked her to her spot behind the shed. she is just getting ready to poo and all of a sudden she starts jumping all around and pawing at her face and chewing at her side. she starts running towards me and i'm talking to her and i notice she has bees all over her. i start totally freaking out because i am SOOOO bug phobic i started running and calling her with me. we ran through the yard and i was going to rush her in the house but the bees were like stuck to her like they were velcro. so we ran out in the middle of the street. i am screaming and smacking the bees off her. she's flipping all around trying to bite at them. my neighbor across the street comes running out and gets stung himself trying to help us. just my hand that i used to smack the bees away got stung up. they were mostly just after poor scout. we made such a racket out there someone from 2 streets away heard us and drove over to us to see if we needed help. she is a vet tech also and heard the commotion so she came by to offer animal assistance. by then the bees for the most part had gone away. there were a few still flying around but not on attack mode anymore.scout collapsed in the middle of the street. she was so exhausted from running and trying to get rid of the bees. then one flew in front of her face and she tried to eat it!! i told her to leave it and she did. i was in complete panic because i didn't know if she would have an allergic reaction to the stings. and there were so many. her eyes swelled up and her muzzle too. i ran in the house and gave her a big dose of benadryl. and then i collapsed because i was so worried she could die on me. an hour later i gave her more benadryl and she slept for a few hours. my husband went out and bought her a get well bone. she is back to her normal self now. when she tried to climb in my friends lap and kissed my friends daughter i knew she was feeling better and back to herself. i was so scared. i am still somewhat shakey and this happened at 5:30. my neighbor and my husband looked all around for a nest and couldn't find one. can bees nest in leaf piles? we have a large leaf pile behind our shed and that is where scout goes potty. boy does my hand still hurt !!!!!!!!!!
Poor Scout! Never heard of them nesting in leaves either. Is there perhaps a branch in the pile that might have fallen down with a nest and been covered by the leaves? Maybe something growing in te leaves they would think of as a food or water source? Whatever, I'm so glad both of you managed to escape without major damage. Maybe your hubby will check out the pile before the next potty break~
I don't know if they nest in leaves or not. But I do remember finding one in a curled up leaf once (years ago) but that was just one and I'm can't remember if it was a bee, hornet or wasp. I know wasp nest in dead trees sometimes so it could have been wasps? I'm glad scout is okay. I would have freaked ouit beacue not only am I scared of bees, wasps, hornets but I am also allergic to the sting. I would have paniced.
oh yeah i was panicking. when my husband got home all he could do was shake his head because he knows how freaked i get around any bugs. he could definitely picture the mass hysteria i created . nope they weren't wasps. we do have them around also but these were definitely bees. i am so happy though that once they sting you they die shortly after. serves them right !!!!!! scout goes potty in that spot every day. unless she disturbed something while walking to that spot maybe i don't know. but she was there for a minute or 2 before she was attacked. all i kept thinking of was a show i saw once where a million africanized honeybees attacked a poor german shepherd and he died. i joke all the time i want to live in a bio dome. fumigate the heck out of the inside of it to kill all the bugs and i will live happily ever after. i hate the summer.
I'm allergic to the stings as well..try living in a citrus area where they have hives everywhere you look to polinate the trees! Heck, the high where I'm emploed is surrounded by groves and, you've got it~ hives! There are days when we can walk out the doors without having to duck and cover! It's so unusual that rhey went after poor Scout so early in the morning, perhaps she walked into a flight of the bees on their way to or from a great spot for nectar? At any rate, I unserstand about the BioDome too~ wouldn't that lovely? lol...NO BUGS!
pyrmom it was 5 30 in the evening. i told my husband last night i am going to find out what animals are bug eaters and go and get us a bunch. i don't care if the yard is turned into a zoo. as long as there are no more bugs in it i will be fine. i also thought about finding a company that makes those outdoor screened in areas people put up in their yards so they can eat outside without being bothered by bugs. i want to find a company that could make one big enough to cover my whole yard , like an extension from the house. i know i am prolly nuts but bugs are why i spend my time indoors in the summer and outdoors in the fall and winter.
Poor Scout!! LOL im sorry My Cat Has Gotten Stung by a bee before cause he would climb on top and try to catch them and finally he made them mad and he got stung but my dogs has never gotten stung at least i havent seen them get stung ;D
Scout1; I am so sorry that you had to go through that, but very glad that Scout is alright. I don't know if bees do, but wasps will deffinitely nest in the ground. They return to their nests in the cool of the evening, we use a tiger torch to burn them out then. When you find out what they are certain species are attracted to certain plants/ trees,you may want to keep that in mind. Hope you both feel better soon.