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The one big problem i have with summer are bees.. or hornets.. or wasps.. i'm terrified of buzzing insects that sting.

It's a problem to the point that it makes having flowers impossible..

I'm curious.. how are you not afraid? What do you tell yourself? I mean sure.. they say they won't sting you unless provoked.. but when they're buzzing around your head for no reason.. how does that not put the fear of God into you? Would he be flying around you if he wasn't contemplating jabbing you?

I'd really like to get over this fear.. i was stung once by a wasp.. in my shoe.. it wasn't /that/ painful.. i mean, it wasn't fun, but it didn't kill me.. so i don't know what my problem is.

I guess they call it irrational for a reason.. don't get me started on butterflies.

So.. any tips on how to .. lessen my fear? I'm such a girl.
 

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can't help you. almost 40 and still scream like a girl and run from bees, etc.

don't get me started on irrational fears and bats(the winged, warm blooded variety.) *shudder*
 

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I feel the same way... I don't go in full panic but it makes me nervous and I tend to shriek a bit when I hear a buzzing insect anywhere near me and just chant to myself... please go away please go away.
 

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No fun getting stung. Just walk away. Unless you are allergic to the venom, its just a painful sore for a few days. I was 35 years old when I got stung the first time, okay, I was lucky till then. Been stung several times since then and each time it was worse. Landed in an emergency room the last time. Turns out I have developed an allergy to the little stingers. Still not afraid of them, but I do not waste any time putting distance between me and them. Have to carry an epipen now.
 

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I'm not afraid of any of them, but I don't like wasps. They hurt when they sting. I kill them if I can. Bees don't bother me, I just shoo them away with my hand or something and ignore them. I haven't been stung in years. We have a big garden and lots of flowers everywhere. I don't know what I tell myself, I've just never been afraid of them. If you wave your arm around enough, they'll leave, or get a fly swatter and smack em dead!!
 

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I'm very cafeful not to get them excited, don't want stung cause I'm allergic to them, it has worked good now for almost 25 years. That's how long it's been since I got stung. Cost me three days off at work.
 

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i have freeze hairspray for when they happen to get in the house in the spring and summer. it immobilizes them like glue and then i go in for the kill.
 

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I never shoo.. i'm afraid to piss them off .. i run like the wind..
It doesn't seem that they come after me even if they are pissed off. If you flap your arms around enough eventually, they just leave. I probably look pretty silly to the neighbors though.

BTW, I'm more afraid of stepping on a slimy slug in my barefeet. EEwwww.
 

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I'm not afraid of them, but am careful- getting stung isn't fun! I have 2 bee traps in the back yard, maninly because Sammi likes to chase and eat them. The traps really work, you might try that.
 

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I still can't believe I mailed you, of all people, a gardening magazine!! WHAT was I thinking??? !!!!

I don't know how to get over it Kelli - maybe put flowers out front only and have none in the back so you can sit out there and not worry?
 

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I remember when I was little, I sat on my bike and got stung in the ass. :eek:

I'm not afraid of them, we have them all over around here. What I am afraid of, however, is Macy trying to catch them. She's constantly trying to catch them. Last year she was sick for 24 hours after eating a carpenter bee. She was sooooooo sick, throwing up or dry heaving every 5 minutes. :(

My husband isn't very fond of them. Ran over a yellow jacket nest with the mower last summer :
 

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Yea, I heard him yell and when I looked he was doing the bee run down the yard. Got stung like 4 times.
 

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Gee, Kel, not some irrational fear like the girl on "Rock of Love"...who thought everything might deflate her...is it?

FWIW - we bought a WONDERFUL electric fly swatter (must used D cell batteries - not C cell) and swing and fry their little butts any chance we can - it looks like a yellow and black tennis racquet. However, the **** thing stays charged for a bit after you sit it down, so watch where you sit - just sayin!
 
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