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Yelow jackets
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dave m    Posted 08-22-2003 at 08:58:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this the worst year ever for these critters?While brush hogging the other day I hit a nest and even only stung once it was the most painfull thing I can remember.I have been stung in the past but maybe now that I am older the effects are much worse.Then yesterday while weed wacking at my sisters hit another nest. This time five stings on the bare leg.Twelve hours of pain.Any home remedies for this? Sorry I do not drink so that will not help. thanks dave

KellyGa    Posted 08-22-2003 at 20:21:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I got stung on my back about a month ago, and couldn't reach where it stung me, so I came running in the house and whipped out the home remedies book. It says the key is to act fast. Cold, like an icepack, or even an ice cube straight on the skin will cut down on the swelling and the spread of the venom. Also, put an aspirin on the sting. Moisten it first. The aspirin neutralizes the inflammatory agents in the venom.
It says stinging insects prefer dark colors, so when your mowing wear white. It also says not to smash a yellow jacket around its nest. Breaking the venom sac releases a chemical that incites the other yellow jackets to attack.

Hope you feel better soon. I found the ice was the most soothing.

carmen    Posted 08-22-2003 at 15:37:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
they are wicked bad this year it seems...we have knocked down 4 different nests this summer alone, all of us being stung on various appendages! I have always just made a paste of baking soda and a little water. One of my horses came barreling out of a stall just the other day, and I went to investigate, only to be stung by a wasp that was flying into a newly built nest behind the stall door..which we open and close almost daily! They are fast workers!

Bill in TN    Posted 08-22-2003 at 09:22:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree, those critters can really pack a punch. I haven't found anything that works well but adolphs meat tenderizer works about as good as anything I've tried. Baking soda isn't bad. Benedryl cream, and a capsule might help.

About the only thing that hurts worse is an ugly divorce.

Wm.    Posted 08-23-2003 at 04:45:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with that statement. A yellow jacket can't hold a candle to an ugly divorce. The venom, from a yellow jacket will go away. The alimony just goes on and on and on.

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