Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-27-12, 05:49 PM   #1
Brew1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Brew1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: SE Wisconsin
Bikes: Lynskey Helix, Wilier Izorad XP, Specialized M2 and a Trek 8500
Posts: 202
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That HURT!!!

And two hours later it's still throbbing...
It was a hot (mid 90's) and windy (20-30mph) ride today so I had my jersey open about 1/2 way. After the ride I came inside and started talking to my son and it felt like an armpit hair was being pulled by my jersey. So I try to pull on the jersey and it keeps getting worse and worse so I take my jersey off and out fly's hornet!!! It flew to the patio door window and my dog destroyed it but damn it still hurts......
Brew1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-12, 05:53 PM   #2
Allegheny Jet 
Senior Member
 
Allegheny Jet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Medina, OH
Bikes: confidential infromation that I don't even share with my wife
Posts: 5,708
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I know the feeling. Last Saturday a wasp or hornet got wedged between the helmet strap and my temple. It stung me at least 3 times before I was able to smash it.
__________________
oldschool areodynamic brick

Last edited by Allegheny Jet; 06-28-12 at 08:03 AM.
Allegheny Jet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-12, 06:05 PM   #3
B. Carfree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 6,196
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
I once put on a shirt that I had just brought in from the laundry line. My room mate thought I had gone insane when I started slapping myself and ripping the shirt off. I had a fine collection of welts all over my chest courtesy of the wasp that was in the shirt.

On the bike I have taken a few inadvertent stingers in the knees when I ran into insects. I wish they would cross at the crosswalks.
B. Carfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-12, 07:01 PM   #4
sknhgy 
Dirt Bomb
 
sknhgy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Bikes:
Posts: 2,621
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 79 Post(s)
I know someone who had a hornet fly into his soda can. He won't drink from a can outside anymore.
__________________
more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.
sknhgy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-12, 09:34 PM   #5
David Bierbaum
Senior Member
 
David Bierbaum's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: St. Louis Metro East area
Bikes: 1992 Specialized Crossroads (red)
Posts: 1,512
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hornets. I hate 'em. They're always building nests near the house. I really hate 'em!
David Bierbaum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 05:04 AM   #6
jim p
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1,024
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was riding slow yesterday and had a yellow jacket escort me for about 100 yards. It was buzzing around my fingers and I kept on thinking that if I make a mistake and mash the yellow jacket that I would be stung. I also don't line the stinging insects.
jim p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 05:26 AM   #7
qcpmsame 
Semper Fi USMC
 
qcpmsame's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cantonment, FL
Bikes: 2012 CAAD 10 3 Ultegra, 1978 Medici Pro Strada
Posts: 9,232
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
My dad had a survey crew member killed by hornets in the early 60's. He stuck a bateau pole into a hornet's nest, in a tree overhanging the creek he was on, that fell into the bateau. He was dead before they could get to him, from over 100 stings. These big insects can sting repeatedly, not die after a single sting like a bee. One time for me and as you said it throbbed for hours as if the muscle was bruised from the toxin. We have far more yellow jackets in our part of the state but we had a huge hornet's nest on our house in 2008. Got the pest spray guy to juice it and melt the nest, killing all the hornets. Not something to play around with.

Bill
__________________
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I did not choose to have Parkinson's Disease, but I can choose to not allow it to control my life. Its all up to me to overcome the trials, adapt and overcome!
qcpmsame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 05:28 AM   #8
Phil_gretz
Bike Commuter in training
 
Phil_gretz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: '88 Fuji Saratoga, '12 Jamis Sputnik, '13 Motobecane Fantom29 HT, '16 Motobecane Turino Pro Disc, '16 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite
Posts: 3,774
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
I'm listening to "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on the classical radio station right now. How appropriate! PG
Phil_gretz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 05:41 AM   #9
David Bierbaum
Senior Member
 
David Bierbaum's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: St. Louis Metro East area
Bikes: 1992 Specialized Crossroads (red)
Posts: 1,512
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Heh. I found out that yellowjackets build their nests in the ground the hard way, when I found a group had built their nest near our (now dead) apple tree. I was used to them being all over the fallen apples, but the swarm that came out of nowhere surprised the living daylights out of me. I don't think I stopped running till I was in the next county! I exaggerate. A bit. Maybe.
David Bierbaum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 07:51 AM   #10
Phil85207
Century bound
 
Phil85207's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa Arizona
Bikes: Felt AR4 and Cannondale hybrid
Posts: 2,253
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had a friend get one caught in his helmet and very nearly crashed by the time he stopped and got it off. We all thought he lost his mind there for a while.
Phil85207 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 08:06 AM   #11
leob1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Middle of the road, NJ
Bikes:
Posts: 2,541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Been there, got the stinger. Same as you, came in from a ride, felt something in my shirt, so I did a pull on the spot, then a scratch, and a rub them WHAM, OUCH! Quickly reached in and smashed it. I've also stepped on one. in bare feet. Drove the lawn tractor over a ground nest just before getting off of it, that was good for five or six stings. And had to slowly and carefully stop on my bike to remove a bee that was crawling around the inside surface of my glasses.
leob1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 09:38 AM   #12
overthehillmedi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Nanaimo.B.C. The We't coast of Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 1,287
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you have a hanging nest on the house or property, kill the wasps with a spray but Don't destroy the nest. Leave it hanging and other wasps wont build within fifty feet of it. Spray the nest after dark when the little girls are all snuggled down nice and tight in their beds.
overthehillmedi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 10:00 AM   #13
Blanchje
Senior Member
 
Blanchje's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: West Michigan
Bikes: GT Carbon Grade, Jamis Nova Pro, Giant Sedona
Posts: 237
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I got stung square on the nipple a couple weeks ago during a charity ride. Darn near went in the ditch.
Blanchje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 10:24 AM   #14
PatW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 313
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, I have been stung a number of times over the years. It is always unpleasant. Fortunately, I just get the stinging, the pain and a bit of swelling. If it makes you feel better, only the female wasps (or bees) sting.
PatW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 07:02 PM   #15
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1
Posts: 3,325
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatW View Post
Yeah, I have been stung a number of times over the years. It is always unpleasant. Fortunately, I just get the stinging, the pain and a bit of swelling. If it makes you feel better, only the female wasps (or bees) sting.
...and the VAST majority of the wasp or bee population are female.
Bikey Mikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 07:35 PM   #16
TomD77
Senior Member
 
TomD77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Florida Panhandle
Bikes:
Posts: 572
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Being a Georgia Tech alum, I'm OK with yellow jackets. Actually been stung by them a fair number of times but it's pretty mild. Got hit twice (same instance) by a white faced hornet and that was NOT MILD!!! It felt to me immediately like getting hit with 277 volts followed by intense pain.
TomD77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 07:50 PM   #17
teachme
Senior Member
 
teachme's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Nederland, Texas
Bikes: 2011 Specialized Sectuer, 1988 Bianchi
Posts: 1,441
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blanchje View Post
I got stung square on the nipple a couple weeks ago during a charity ride. Darn near went in the ditch.
Gees! I can't imagine what could be worse; a hornet in the armpit; or getting stung on the nipple... I am totally perplexed...
teachme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 07:52 PM   #18
gitarzan
Lost Again
 
gitarzan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Columbus, Oh!
Bikes: Soma Saga, 1991 Sirrus, Specialized Secteur Elite, Miele Umbria Elite.
Posts: 1,041
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was once stung on the arm while riding a motorcycle. I thought someone threw a cigaret out a car window and it stuck to my arm. I still have the scar 35 years later.
gitarzan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 07:55 PM   #19
B. Carfree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 6,196
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomD77 View Post
Being a Georgia Tech alum, I'm OK with yellow jackets. Actually been stung by them a fair number of times but it's pretty mild. Got hit twice (same instance) by a white faced hornet and that was NOT MILD!!! It felt to me immediately like getting hit with 277 volts followed by intense pain.
That white-faced hornet must be the cousin our our bald-faced hornets. My wife got stung in the face by one once and looked like a batman character for two weeks (one side of her face was HUGE). We never found their nest, but she got in the habit of putting on her bee-keeping gear and killing the hornets that were killing her bees. I've never seen anyone enjoy killing an insect as much as she enjoyed swatting those bald-faced hornets.
B. Carfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-12, 08:57 PM   #20
Dchiefransom
Senior Member
 
Dchiefransom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Newark, CA. San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes:
Posts: 6,192
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Got nailed in the right temple once while riding, and got a honey bee down my boot at work a couple of months ago that nailed me right in the curve between the ankle and the foot.
__________________
Silver Eagle Pilot
Dchiefransom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-12, 07:29 AM   #21
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1
Posts: 3,325
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When I was a kid, 12 or so, I stepped on a ground nest. Got home and took a shower--counted about 25 ~ 30 stings. Obviously I survived. Been stung a few times since then so definitely not allergic, but never have been stung while cycling.
Bikey Mikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-12, 08:09 AM   #22
leob1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Middle of the road, NJ
Bikes:
Posts: 2,541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
That white-faced hornet must be the cousin our our bald-faced hornets.
I think they are the same little bastards. They are mean, nasty SOBs. We had a nest about the size of a soccer ball. One got one of my dogs, she wouldn't go near that part of the yard for a month. We needed 2 cans of wasp spray to kill them all.

We also have honey bees in one our dead trees. We don't bother them, they don't bother us. Except when they swarmed, into the house. A shopvac is great for collecting bees in your bed room.
leob1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-12, 08:57 AM   #23
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1
Posts: 3,325
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We had a ground nest near our garage, wasps or hornets, unsure which, and, like you leob1, it took 2 cans to eradicate those nasties.

Honey bees are very sensitive and whenever they are going to spray for mosquitoes in this area, they warn the local beekeepers to protect the bees. Unfortunately, this does not help the wild hives--but unchecked mosquitoes can create all sorts of big problems. It would be nice if they developed a pesticide to deal with mosquitoes and leave the honey bees and other pollinating insects, especially the bees, unharmed.
Bikey Mikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-12, 11:54 AM   #24
David Bierbaum
Senior Member
 
David Bierbaum's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: St. Louis Metro East area
Bikes: 1992 Specialized Crossroads (red)
Posts: 1,512
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Why did the song "Let it bee" just pop into my head?
David Bierbaum is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:28 PM.