I dig chatting with people when I'm out maintaining a project. The responses are overwhelmingly positive. In fact, only one person was negative when I was using my backpack sprayer. "You are destroying the environment!" as they drove by. No chemicals, just water, I promise. The one concern I hear most though centers around bees, specifically the pointy part. Bees do not want to hurt you. Here are a few facts to set your mind at ease.
- Native bees, like the Bumblebee, are solitary. Because they don't have a hive to protect they have no interest in you at all. And only the females have stingers anyway. Some species of bees don't have any stingers at all.
- People that have had negative experiences often have mistaken wasps or yellowjackets for bees. The pesky yellow and black guys buzzing your picnic interested in your food are the wasps and yellowjackets. Bees want pollen and nectar so unless you are eating flowers you shouldn't have a problem with bees.
- While bees are soaking up sunshine and nectar they are extremely docile and just want to be left alone to find the next flower.
- Bees have a one track mind - flowers. If you are wearing a floral print and/or wearing a floral perfume then they may come check you out. If you swat them they might sting.
Bees aren't out to get you. If you leave them alone they will happily leave you alone.
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