"C'mon, they won't bother you."
Ran a service call today. The house was all the way down a cul-de-sac and no access to the unit except through the house. This guy had six beehives just five feet away from the condensing unit. I told the guy I was allergic and he says that they won't bother me. So, I go to my truck, get my epi-pen, and decide to grow a pair and do the call. Yeah, there's nothing like having a cloud of curious honey bees buzzing around you to check you out while you work on a condenser. And they land on you too. I hate bees. Last time I got stung it was fun hanging out in the hospital half the day. Thankfully it was just a blown run capacitor, so I was out of there rather quickly.
I wish I had pics, but the homeowner stood there with me the whole time, and I was afraid a unplanned camera flash might send them into a frenzy.
Not as lean, not as mean, but I'm still a hardcore, ass-kicking, hard charging Marine! Oohrah!
I had a helper that was allergic to bees, and had to carry a needle around with him. It was a serious reaction too, swelled up like a hot air balloon. I doubt if it was me if I'd have done that one. Some chump's comfort ain't worth my life, or any hospital stay for that matter. He'd be moving his frikkin bees.......
i usually dont mind them dont run from them they wont bother you (sometimes)
now if im going up or down my ext. ladder and they start coming towards me, then it gets abit hairy
Carb cleaner will shoot 8'.
I would have declined.
It's a respect thing.
Beware of advice given by some guy on the Internet.
i'm allergic and i would've walked
get rid of the bees and i'll be back
my reactions are not terrible, but i would have to go to urgent care
i'm not going to urgent care for some home owner
Dad wasn't always right
When I was a kid my Dad always said "just be still and they won't bother you."
Around 12 years old I was sitting on some old, wooden concrete forms and a big'ol black bee came buzzing out from under them.
Flew around my head a couple of times, I never flinched.
That bee landed on the back of my hand and stung the peedoody out of me.
I sat there and watched it sting me. Left the stinger in there when it took back off. All that time (seemed like minutes but was probably seconds) I never moved a muscle.
I could easlily have knocked him off but I did as Daddy said, I didn't move.
That was the day I found out Daddy wasn't ALWAYS right.
After the bee stung me I went running to the house and Dad put tobacco out of one of those old no filter Camel cigarettes on the sting.
Was supposed to do 'something', I can't remember what.
But it DIDN'T help ! Back of hand swelled up like a baseball and it hurt like heck.
BTW, that's a true story, happened just like that.
Don't listen to ANYBODY that says if you just leave them alone they won't sting the crap outta'ta.
Better yet, tell them to get in there, do the job and SHOW you those bees won't sting.
The carb cleaner is the BEST advice!!!! It's like a death ray to them.
Honey Bees have had a difficult time in the last several yrs. Without Honey Bees there would be very little food getting pollenated.
Originally Posted by iowapmt
BTW I have been told that, in some states it is against the law to kill Honey Bees.
If it were me I would have just refused the call, especially if I were allergic to Bee stings
Of course if they are coming after you that is one thing, but to just go and spray something at a hive is another
Last edited by ISOTHERMAL; 07-09-2009 at 09:42 AM.
I never let schooling interfere with my education... Mark Twain
I once had to work on a Hess Gas Station RTU, the entire para pit surrounding the roof was full of Yellow Jacket nests. We just kept our cool, and no one got stung.
I'm not a pest control service. I'm not trained on bees other than to avoid and kill them with spray. I have been stung while standing still and having one crawl in my helmet and sting my eye while riding my motorcycle, it is an old wives tale to be still. Swatting them really pisses them off too thou. I service HVAC/R equipment that is pest free, its a simple policy.
The more I learn the smarter I work.
Come On! What do you do when you go on a roof and open a disconnect and find bees? Do you ask the customer to exterminate? Leave the job? I can see if you are allergic, even the brave thread starter did his job despite his allergies, but don't tell me you are afraid of a little insect that makes honey
Originally Posted by btcstudenthvacr
When my throat swells and I can't breathe, it's life or death. You may think twice your self in my shoes.
Originally Posted by 2001
The more I learn the smarter I work.
Hope you never have to use that Epi-Pen, but be aware (if not already) that the heat inside your truck will negatively affect the stability (shelf life) of the unit (see below).
While I've dispensed many of them, I can't recall looking inside the package to see if the solution was visible. If it is, you might want to check it periodically for any color change of the solution. It should be clear and colorless.
Also, the expiration date is based on being stored at 'controlled room temperature' (68 - 77 degrees F).
I would recommend that you replace them in the Spring and Fall.