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It Started off like any other day and....
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TO35    Posted 08-15-2004 at 06:28:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
about an hour or so of cleaning up the fence line we ran across a broken oak tree top laying on the ground and on top of a tire and wheel. My nephew Matt was working pretty hard and just a few feet closer than my brother Wade and I. He reached out with a hoe and tried to flip over the tree top over to reach the old wheel and tire.
Then thats when it happened, out of the ground came a cloud of South Georgia yellow jackets and I mean they were mad. Matt got hit twice on the back of his head and hit the ground unbenounced to me. I turn aound and see him rolling around on the ground, as I stood there thinking to myself what in the world kinda joke is he playing now. By this time Wade appeared into my view and he's dancing around like he's in a boxing match. I've still not noticed the "cloud"
that has cover the area. Thats when I got the first sting, right below my left knee, it does not take me long to join the "dance" at this point. It had to be a funny sight but it sure did'nt feel like it, Matt was stung four times all on the back of the head, Wade was stung only once on the forehead. being the dummy I am, I guess the yellow jackets took a liking to me. I was stung eleven times, the worst of which was four times on my face. Two times around my right eye, once on the left cheek and once on the forehead.
I've been stung before but not like this. These stings hurt more and blotched up more than in the past.Needless to say that ended our work day fairly early, then came the looks from my Dad and neices and other nephews. They teased us pretty good and I now have a new nickname" tater head", cause my head looks like a sack of taters.
My right eye is swollen shut, left check looks like I have a mouth full of cotton , then theres all the swollen knots all over the rest of my head. That happened at around ten am Saturday morning and it's not much better this morning, I can look out of the slit in my right eye somewhat though.
I tried all the home remedies, bleach, tobacco and ice packs. I finally took some benidryl last night. the sting has subsided somwhat but the swelling seems to have gotten worse, any suggestions ?

footnote: I did manage to get the last laugh over the yellow jackets. I gave them a good doucing with galsoline early this morning. There goes my land stewardship ribbon for pouring the gas on the ground but ohhhh well those jackets had to go...

just call me "tater head"
the still swollen and hurting

~Lenore    Posted 08-15-2004 at 10:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Re: footnote*

* gas on the ground, big deal isn't that where it originated from a way.

These crazy environmentalists can keep their angry stingers...I will kill the ones that attack me.
It took a week for me to get over the red wasp sting i got last week. The yellow jacket sting a year or so ago was not as bad and felt better much sooner.

Benadryl does give a little relief.

Texas Al    Posted 08-15-2004 at 16:41:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hate yellowjackets. I have found that Diazanon diluted as recommend is very effective. Get it in your pump sprayer and have your running lane planned in case you miss. But direct hit usually results in all the bugs dropping dead, just like when you hit them with gas.

My wife has a sensitivity to insect stings and the doctor prescribed Zirtec, an antihistamine and told her to take 2 if she gets stung. This has happened once and it helped.

mojo    Posted 08-15-2004 at 10:12:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
OUCH! Sure wish there was something I could do to help. Time and rest I suppose. Don't feel bad about the gas on the ground..personally I'd have nuked them if I could have!

egh    Posted 08-15-2004 at 06:56:43       [Reply]  [No Email]

hey tater head, OUCH! i hate flying , stinging
things! i still have that cicada killer hunting
in my yard. yesterday while filling the bird feeder i heard a buzzing around my head, thinking
it was a humming bird i ignored it until i looked up, feeding time over! the wife says if the swelling don`t go down today or tomorrow you should go and get a shot. and i agree those yellow
jackets gotta go! gasoline, handgrenades what ever
it takes! take care, egh

deadcarp    Posted 08-15-2004 at 06:54:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh jeez - i went to whack brush away from a nice triple poplar clump one time, and what with the chainsaw running and trying to keep my balance and all, i didn't notice i was squishing a yellowjacket nest. By the time anything registered, they were all over my arm. I donated the still-running chainsaw, my cap and a few odd bits and bailed for the field, passing Suzn (she had the gas cans) on the way and yelling "BEES!". Luckily they didn't come that far cuz she just turned and watched me disappear, but she still reminds me what a hero i was that day. NAWT! I'd taken a few rounds but nothing major. They were still beating up the idling chainsaw 15 minutes later when i managed to shut it off. How a little thing like that can bring out a grown man's true colors is beyond me. :)

Grove r    Posted 08-15-2004 at 07:19:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would rather say it's survival instincts kickin' in, DC....just like ya leap outa the way of a reckless driver on the street....ain't no hero gonna stand there an take abuse like that..... lotsa the big ole bumble bees around this year, nests all over the place....them I don't mind... takes a powerful bit of aggrivatin' ta get one o them ta sting ya...'sides them are real poly-nators.....have yourself a gooder, R.E.L.

Clod    Posted 08-15-2004 at 12:14:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didnt know how well I could dance untill I got a scopion inside my bluejeans and was trying to shed them .He stung me twice before i could get them off.Tooo bad I was the only one doing the music ,I think I could have been a star on the dance fever movie.

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