A Tale of Two Insect Attacks

Sorry for the blog hiatus. I was visiting folks in Texas for a few weeks, but now I'm back in Germany, enjoying the glorious weather.

Let me give you the idea of the shit people deal with in Texas, and why I'm glad to be back in Germany.

First, a German insect problem. A parcel deliveryman in Krefeld, Germany recently had to be hospitalized after he stepped in an underground wasps' nest and was stung fifteen (15) times. They actually cordoned off the area (!) and called the city 'pest control' team out: 

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Before they could let the pest control guy into the Danger Zone™ to kill the beasts, they called up the Krefeld City Environmental Office to make sure the wasps weren't endangered (!). They weren't, so they died.

Now, a Texas insect problem:

A North Texas woman is recovering following an attack from a swarm of bees that killed her two horses….

Kristen Beauregard told NBC 5 she was working with Chip, her prize miniature horse, in the backyard when — unprovoked — thousands of bees swarmed her and the horse. The insects are suspected to be Africanized bees.

The pain from the stings was like being stabbed with hundreds of knives and torched with a flamethrower at the same time, she said. She still has some visible welts on her eyelids from the attack.

Chip quickly became covered with bees and began thrashing wildly around the yard in pain, she said.

She and the horse both jumped into the backyard swimming pool in an effort to escape the bees, but even that provided little relief. The bees hovered above the water and stung Beauregard's face when she would come up for air, she said…. Both horses died.

Beauregard, whom paramedics estimate was stung approximately 200 times, praised the efforts of the emergency crews who risked their lives in an effort to save her and her animals.

A beekeeper removed on Thursday the approximately 6-foot-tall beehive that was home to an estimated 30,000 bees. It was located in a shed about 30 yards from the scene of the initial attack.

It's a shame for the poor delivery guy, but the average Texan gets stung 15 times every trip to the outhouse.

My safe, pleasant, boring, beautiful Germany — thank you for taking me back into your passionless arms!

5 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Insect Attacks

  1. “the average Texan gets stung 15 times every trip to the outhouse.”

    … and gets bitten by a thousand fire ants:

    http://www.desertmuseum.org/invaders/invaders_fireant.php

    Even a few bites might kill you:

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/18/20565163-texas-school-district-announces-policy-review-following-students-death-by-fire-ants?lite

    … or even worse: Tawny crazy ants!

    “When you talk to folks who live in the invaded areas, they tell you they want their fire ants back,” LeBrun says in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “Fire ants are in many ways very polite. They live in your yard. They form mounds and stay there, and they only interact with you if you step on their mound.”

    http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/life/05-27-13-crazy-ant-red-fire-ant-ut-research/

    Not to mention the rattlesnakes ans scorpions we know from Spaghetti-Westerns:

    http://www.crdamc.amedd.army.mil/prev-med/sum-bugs.aspx

    And the black widow spider:

    “Bites:

    There is little pain at the time of the bite
    Slight redness and swelling and two faint puncture marks may appear at the bite.
    Pain becomes intense in one to three hours and may continue up to 48 hours.
    Pain usually progresses from the bite up or down the limb, finally localizing in the abdomen.
    The abdominal muscles may become rigid and board-like with severe cramps.”

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  2. wow! i always thought it was australia where lived the most agressively toxic insects. but obviously even regarding bees texas is the country for tough guys and gals. very impressive! but then, it might just be retaliation from the bees’ side since the us are also very advanced regarding the ccd. prhps they just wanted to hit back one last time …

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  3. If I should ever visit the US, I’ll keep as far away from Texas as possible then. It sounds like no place you should be when you are allergic to bee venom.

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  4. I forgot to mention the dangers of coyotes:

    http://www.kvue.com/news/Austin-teen-says-coyote-attacked-him-174283131.html

    Obviously an increasing problem:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20070926044522/http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/awm/docs/coyoteattacks.pdf

    Natural disasters:

    http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/thinking-tech/infographic-which-american-cities-are-most-vulnerable-to-natural-disasters/7114

    Austin seems to be the disaster capitol of the USA!

    Dangerous border towns:

    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/the-most-dangerous-place-on-earth-the-brutal-drug-war-raging-on-the-u-s-border

    “It has finally become so incredibly dangerous to walk the streets of Texas border towns that the Texas legislature wants to pass a law allowing citizens to “shoot first” when threatened. While opponents call this the “shoot thy neighbor” bill, the reality is a bit different.”

    http://www.usborderpatrol.com/Border_Patrol900.htm

    And last but not least: Bigfoot!

    http://woodape.org/reports/report/state?state=TX#allRegions=screen

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  5. You should see the film More Than Honey some time. It gives you a little background on those Africanised Bees (aka Killer Bees) and how that particular problem is man-made.

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