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Stung, Twice!

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Normally bees and wasps and all those flying stinging bastards don't bother me. Even if they come sniffing around I don't freak out like some people. Before recently I had not been stung in an extremely long time. In fact the last time I can remember was when I was probably 5 or 6 running around my grandparent's yard and got stung on my pinky toe. 

Two weekends ago while mowing the lawn I felt something hit my calf, so I swatted it and it landed on my forearm and stuck me. I was not pleased. There was no stinger stuck in my arm, so I was thinking it was a wasp or hornet. I'm not deathly allergic, but my arm got really sore and swollen.

Last weekend I was mowing again and in the same exact spot I felt something on my leg again and went to swat it, but it stung me on the back of the knee before I got there. Same MO, no stinger and seemly out of nowhere. I was really pissed this time. I spoke some choice words rather (extremely) loudly.

We looked online to see what makes nests in the ground and it looks like it was probably a wasp. The only thing is I can't find the nest. Typically they look like little piles of dirt and are pretty obvious. This weekend when I mow, I'll be ready to kick some wasp-ass.

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Manda
#1 - Aug 15, 2008 at 6:47 PM
Last year our hornet nests were just holes in the ground. Those bastards.
JR
#2 - Aug 15, 2008 at 6:54 PM
We had yellow jackets (actually a type of hornet that just looks like a bee) last summer. We ended up going out in the evening when it was getting dark, misting the area with the hose, using a shovel to flip the top off the underground hive, and then soaking them in bee spray. It worked for 3 of the nests, but the fourth time it was a bit too dark and I couldn't see that they were getting a bit too close and ended up getting stung on the hand.

PS. Their aren't any numbers in the comment box when I view the page on the blackberry browser.
Joe
#3 - Aug 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM
Yeah, I'm planning on waging war on the nest, once I find it. I have to mow today, so I'm sure I'll find it soon.

Yeah I need to make a WAP version of this site, it's on my list. You should ditch blackberry browser and get opera mini.
Joe
#4 - Aug 16, 2008 at 3:47 PM
Well I mowed...and no sign of them. Maybe it was just a fluke.
Betsy
#5 - Aug 18, 2008 at 7:41 AM
Yellow jackets make nets in the ground and they sting for no reason most times. Usually things will leave you alone if you leave them alone but yellow jackets get pissed if you get near them. They look like really vibrantly colored bees. Really bright yellow stripes. John was very proactive this year and bought wasp spray and just carried it around and sprayed every wasp and hornet he saw (I made him leave the bees alone).

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