Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bees, oh how I dislike them!

For as long as I can remember, I've disliked bees of any kind with a passion. I know those tiny little buggers play a vital role in our agricultural industry, among other things, and it's for that reason that I've done my best to come to terms with them over the years. Some say I fear them but I don't think that's the case, though I fully admit that their buzzing sound creates an immediate response from my body, as if I was somehow traumatized by bees at some point in my life. My parents told me once that on a visit to the beach, they set me down on a blanket for a moment and when they turned back around, I was covered in black sand flies (or some sort of fly related to the beach) from head to toe. There were so many, their buzzing was supposedly very noticeable. Perhaps that left an imprint on my mind, one that triggers an immediate fight or flight response when a bee buzzes my head but I'll never know for sure. I do know that when one buzzes me though, they've signed their life away. The battle is on.

So where is all this leading, you ask?  Well, today on the drive home from the dump, a little bugger decided that my left arm was the perfect place to sting, not once or even twice but a few times. I almost lost control of the car when the pain hit and my first swat only pissed him off. I ended up having to stop in the middle of the road in the opposite lane (where I'd swerved) and finally kill it. By the time I got home, my arm was swollen and sore. A dose of Benadryl and a nap and the swelling has come down some but its still red and sore. If this was their opening assault for the summer, I can tell that I'll need to put on my battle gear and get ready :)

So, tell me, what little bug from the animal kingdom do you hate the most? 


  1. I'd have to say the huge red fire ants. Stomping dont work to have to stomp and drag your foot and really work to squish them. Ive never been bit but with bodies as round as a hot dog..... i font have to be bit to jate them.

  2. Midges - little flies that merely tangle in my husband's hair, but take a piece out of me every time they land. The annoying thing is that there isn't any pain as such, but after a few days of living in a midge cloud with no sleep I feel so physically sick, I could just curl up in a corner and cry.

  3. I'm not a fan of the bee either because I was stung really bad as a kid. Not a fan of roaches either..

  4. Fire ants are scary little things, aren't they? I've been bit by them either but when I see them, I take great care not to agitate them. Those midges sound horrible, Ella! Eww roaches, now don't get me thinking about those things, Savannah! So not nice. Lol.

  5. Aw B~ that sounds like a yellow jacket to me not a honey bee. Wasps/re-stingers are the WORST. Honey bee does one sting and then it dies because its stinger comes out. And wasps/yellow jackets are so awful because they are aggressive nosy s.o.b.'s. You can be completely minding your own business and they sting you just because they are little nasty expletive expletives.

    Hateful beasties.

    I myself really dislike round crunchy red spiders with little short sharp legs. Such sideways skitter scuttles completely gross me out. Yech.