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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby apasquel » Thu May 09, 2013 9:12 am

Bees and yellowjackets are a problem down here in Texas...down in the Austin area, yoo'll find basketball size hives up in trees...Kid you not, the new local Austin Climbing Guidebook actually even gives beta about bees and wasps on certain routes.

In regards to the seeing three bees together down here in Texas...that goes out the window. I'll be happy if I only see three bees buzzing around. Starting now through September, I will climb with poison oak and ivy, bees, wasps, West Nile threat mosquitos, black widows, brown recluse, copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlers and our most common friend in Limestone country...the corral snake.

Two years ago I was hospitalized for a recluse bite on the back of my leg...leg started to rot in hours.

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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby Scott P » Thu May 09, 2013 9:35 am

Even though the risk is essentially non-existent in CO, I've been conditioned to look.


I mentioned in my previous post that I thought most of Colorado was too cold for killer bees.

I just noticed however, that there was a killer bee attack in Santa Fe New Mexico:

http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_3120822

Santa Fe is at ~7200 feet and has a similar climate to much of Colorado.

Although they get less snow, Santa Fe actually is similar temperature wise, to many of the Front Range cities, for example.

Compare weather data in Santa Fe vs Denver:

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?co2220

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?nm8085

As far as average temperatures goes; they are very close for each month of the year.

If they could live in Sante Fe, it seems that they may also be able to survive in most of the Front Range cities, the Eastern Plains, around Grand Junction and the lower elevations of Southwest Colorado.
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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby ajkagy » Thu May 09, 2013 9:45 am

I'm willing to bet they are already in the cortez area and could even by in the southern front range areas...The problem is similar to west nile in that I imagine not all areas bother even testing to see if they are africanized.

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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby myfeetrock » Thu May 09, 2013 9:49 am

apasquel, you forgot about the fire ants. I lived in Columbus, Tx. before I moved to Colorado, and the fire ants were a nightmare. Yellow jackets weren't too bad but the red wasp were killers. I'm also color blind so it sucked to be climbing in oak trees and you find yourself face to face with a copper head that you didn't see till it moved. The only thing I found messed up here is that black widows seem to be everywhere. I even found one in the flat tops above 10,600ft. Crazy!
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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby cybrhikr » Thu May 09, 2013 10:15 am

apasquel,dont' forget about those Texas scorpions.Hated those things when we lived in San Antonio!

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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby kbmiller » Thu May 09, 2013 10:18 am

At least we don't have these babies here in Colorado: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/brazilian%20wandering%20spider. My brother was chased by one down in Venezuela last year.

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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby Hungry Jack » Thu May 09, 2013 10:21 am

Jeez, maybe the good ole upper Midwest / Great Lakes isn't so bad after all. No copperheads or rattlers, Africanized bees, scorpions, or predatory vultures. Just a lot of fat people.
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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby dmccool » Thu May 09, 2013 10:22 am

Hungry Jack wrote:Jeez, maybe the good ole upper Midwest / Great Lakes isn't so bad after all.

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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby YooperJonKornely » Thu May 09, 2013 10:34 am

Hungry Jack: I tend to agree... except I've been camping in northern Wisconsin and the UP before and I've seen the huge swarms coming in, and man do they bite! Mosquito's that is :wft: The fat people tend to stick to the bars.

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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby Wish I lived in CO » Thu May 09, 2013 10:43 am

dmccool wrote:
Hungry Jack wrote:Jeez, maybe the good ole upper Midwest / Great Lakes isn't so bad after all.

Yes it is


Pretty much any time now the Asian carp will sneak past the so-called electric fence barrier in the Chicago river and infect the great lakes. Guess I'll have to get some chain link fence for the pontoon in a few years.


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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby Steve Climber » Thu May 09, 2013 11:50 am

kbmiller wrote:At least we don't have these babies here in Colorado: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/brazilian%20wandering%20spider. My brother was chased by one down in Venezuela last year.


Wish I Lived In CO - I'd be more worried about the guys driving the boat invading CO than the fish :lol:


****From one of the links on Tumblr page****

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Brazilian Wandering Spider Erection

“In the rare case an erection lasts longer than four hours, seek immediate medical attention.”

This warning flashes in your head as you wince in pain. You are currently experiencing an erection of phenomenal proportions; but there are no women around. The warnings from the Levitra and Cialis commercials flash in your head like a strobe light. But you don’t even use these pills, your boner works fine all by its self. You let out an unavoidable groan; your penis feels like a full diet coke bottle spiked with a handful of Mentos.

This is not a normal erection. Not one of those moderate morning woods that you can manipulate by standing on your toes and aiming down to release your morning pee. You can’t even periscope this thing and disguise it by pinning it to your stomach with the waist band of your pants. You begin to panic realizing you have a serious problem on…well, in your hands.

The room becomes blurry and you notice that you’re now sweating like a Hebrew slave. Momentarily distracting you from your excruciating erection you realize you’ve managed to sweat through your jeans in a matter of minutes. You hope it’s sweat….not blood. Ripping off your jeans you expose what looks like an overcooked Ballpark hotdog at the point just before it splits. The skin on your unprovoked boner is so taunt that you can see fissures where it is already beginning to tear. Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, you projectile vomit into your own naked lap.

This horrible situation is not caused by a Viagra overdose; it’s caused by something much more terrifying. Phoneutria Nigriventer, the Brazilian Wandering Spider.
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Re: Bee Stings kill Climber

Postby abqben56 » Thu May 09, 2013 12:12 pm

Scott P wrote:
I mentioned in my previous post that I thought most of Colorado was too cold for killer bees.

I just noticed however, that there was a killer bee attack in Santa Fe New Mexico:



They can spread north a couple of hundred miles in a year but die back in the winter, so we might be near their limit here.

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