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How do I evade or pacify a bee?

It sounds like you got near a wasp nest. These can be hard to spot, especially the ones that are in the ground. The best way to avoid getting stung more is to move away, than can mean up to 10 ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

You vill have to sacrifice some convenience. I suggest inverting a wide-mouthed plastic cup as a barrier over the can. Remove the cup when you want to drink, drink from the can, and then immediately ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

Don't open the can far enough for a bee to get in I have a freind who drinks from soda cans by only opening them a little bit. I find it quite weird, but having tried it it doesn't really make a lot ...
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Reacting to a bee attack

Generally speaking bees only attack when they feel threatened or protecting their hives. Apis dorsata has been described as one of the most dangerous animals of the southeastern Asian jungles due ...
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Do bees at the hummingbird feeders keep the birds away?

Yes, there is actually quite a bit of discussion you can find online. Bees in large numbers can keep hummingbirds away. They don't want to get stung either! However, you can lessen the bees by doing ...
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What are Miner bees, and how do they differ from other bees?

The more common term is "mining bees". As the name says, they build nests underground, usually in sandy ground. The other big difference between them and regular honey bees, is that they are so-called ...
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Is there an easy way to tell if a bee in my yard is being raised in a hive (domestic), or if it's wild (feral)?

I actually had to research backyard beehives not long ago because our Peace Officer discovered someone in town who had hive on their property, and our land use bylaw didn't allow it. I found out that ...
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How dangerous is a swarm of bees?

A swarm (used in the technical sense to mean that clump you show in your question) is about the least dangerous formation in which you can encounter bees. Their bellies are full (they eat before they ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

I can think of a few solutions: Stretch a square of mosquito netting over the mouth of the can, with a rubber band to secure it in place. Buy and use a soda can lid. Switch to 2L bottled soda and use ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

When I was a kid, we had like plastic lids that fit over the top of pop cans, designed to keep out the yellowjackets (wasps that like your sweet beverage). You opened a hinged trap over the can's ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

My Dad drinks canned beverages regularly while working outside, and his go-to solution for keeping wasps/hornets/etc out of the cans is a small disk or square of 1/2" plywood about 4" square (or ...
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How dangerous is a swarm of bees?

Unfortunately, for us as normal, everyday people there is no really good way to tell how dangerous a swarm is. As Kate Gregory, has mentioned, usually a swarm is the most docile a bunch of bees as ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

This happened to me, but with a brick of pineapple juice instead of a soda can. Lucky for me, I'm not allergic to anything, but I still had to get a methylprednisolone shot just to deal with the ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

Presuming that you have a modern can, the simplest solution I can think of is to rotate the ring-pull 180 degrees around its axis, so that the lever is over the opening (as per the image below, but ...
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How do I evade or pacify a bee?

I have seen plenty of science nature shows where bees are pacified with smoke. However, Usually bees die after 1 sting. They don't sound like bees, and I don't know if that works on anything else I ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

Take a pen or fork and jam/poke it at the top of the can where the tab is connected to the top of the can. See diagram below: I've done this almost my whole life, it would look like it would be hard ...
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Do Bee Hotels/Houses actually work?

This study (‘Bee Hotels’ as Tools for Native Pollinator Conservation: A Premature Verdict?) conducted on nearly 300 be hotels over three years in Toronto, Canada suggests that more introduced bees and ...
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How do I evade or pacify a bee?

It's difficult to know, without a picture of the offender, whether you were stung by a bee or a wasp. While wasps typically look different, some (see Yellowjacket) are quite similar in coloring and ...
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Is there an easy way to tell if a bee in my yard is being raised in a hive (domestic), or if it's wild (feral)?

I would like to add a little more information, if I can: The term 'Western Honeybee' (Apis Mellifera) refers to bees domesticated and bred for their ability to produce large amounts of honey. Some ...
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How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

I can certainly sympathise with your situation from experience — wasps especially love all kinds of sweet drinks, and will home in on them with monomaniacal persistence. I've even had them try to get ...
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How to coexist with bees/wasps?

There are a few things that could be contributing to the presence of bees and/or wasps and things that mimic them as they all have different behaviours and different means to get rid of/deter. Note ...
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What type of wasp or bee is this?

Anthidium florentinum is a solitary bee with the right markings on the abdomen. It seems to be holding the abdomen tucked under itself, but the shape of the first two yellow markings is distinctive ...
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When do insects normally hatch from insect houses?

Likely these are solitary bees. You might notice bees buzzing around your house and on wet days during the flying season check inside the holes and might see them sheltering from the rain. The only ...
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Is there an easy way to tell if a bee in my yard is being raised in a hive (domestic), or if it's wild (feral)?

The bees in your picture are honey bees. If the bees you were seeing happened to not be honey bees, bumble bees for example, then they would most likely be wild/non-domesticated. For honey bees it ...
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Can I keep bees in my backyard in Kentucky?

I would like to challenge this question somewhat. As I cannot judge from your question how new you are to the beekeeping topic, this might not 100% apply, but I think it is important nonetheless: --> ...
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How to coexist with bees/wasps?

This is not a definitive answer, but it may be helpful. First, if you think you may be allergic to bee or wasp stings, see your doctor, or a doctor and explain your family history and this exposure ...
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When do insects normally hatch from insect houses?

The Bug House in the question stayed as it was until March and then a couple of holes started to appear. The first image is from the 16th March. One or two holes starting to appear. Very little ...
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What is the best method for protecting my bees from pesticides?

To tag onto Charlie's answer - I will say it depends on the pesticides in use. I will give a specific example of the application of Neem Oil. (Source: I was raising honeybees to pollinate my large ...
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What is the best method for protecting my bees from pesticides?

It looks like there isn't much you can do because most of it depends on the farmers. With that said, The farther colonies are away from fields or orchards that are treated with pesticides, the better ...
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