Anyways, my mother found a big ass nest in her shed and was going to call an exterminator. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 16, 2011: LOL Pont, great story and proves they won't sting if you avoid flapping your arms around to shoo them away. My hatred of them stems simply from the fact that they don't contribute nearly as much to the environment as bees, and seem to be far more intrusive and aggressive in my experience. Then you could try the suggestion from an earlier commenter of putting up a fake wasps nest to discourage new colonies from nesting there again, (they will see the territory as already taken and go elsewhere). Bumble bees also have an attraction to me. Wasps tend to sting their targets repeatedly. If you are being approached by a swarm of wasps and need to run due to your proximity to a nest you should run in a straight line. There are other better solutions for saving crops. I would not call that an anomaly! My father, who is a funny character deploys a shouting tactic which surprisingly seems to work. However, trying to remove wasps on your own is a dangerous task. Up until now I believed that if you avoid them they avoid you and I would never hurt them but now I've changed my mind. I can't imagine what a few hundred wasps, stinging multiple times, would do to someone like me!) If wasps became extinct, the human race would be better off. Of course part of the problem is that towards the end of the Summer these worker wasps have nothing left to do. My 6yo got stung 14 times, my 8yo 5 times, me 5 times whilst getting them off the kids and my hubby got stung once. Do not try to fool wasps by “playing dead”. Spiders are still my biggest fear, but I never ever kill them because I know it isn't their problem I am scared of them, it is my problem! If I so much as see a wasp in the vicinity, these days, I retreat indoors. I am seeking scientific data about why some people are targeted. Now I do wear sunscreen daily and wash using scented shampoos daily so maybe that's why. Glad you appreciate how important all these creatures are to us. Not that I'm poking fun at anyone - its just - I know what its like to be out mowing the lawn and a huge B-20 bomber of a hornet started dive bombing me a few years back. They are 1 of only 2 creatures I would ever harm, mosquitos being the other, (I reserve the right to kill anything and anyone who tries to steal my blood whilst I sleep) and of course the occasional accidental snail "Sorry Mr Snail! Follow Hull Live on Facebook - Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 21, 2015: Tricky to answer that one Sonny, unless you are wearing something scented that is attracting them e.g. OMG...I want to get over this...where are you located? We will not miss them at all. Honestly you need to re-read this with an more open mind and apply some basic knowledge as to what wasps actually 'eat' and the fact they carry no more bacteria than a child's hands do (in fact no doubt much less). From that day on if a wasp flew anywhere near me I simply froze like a statue until it flew away again, and hey, guess what, I haven't been stung since, although I am now nearly 34 years older. (BTW I'm moderately allergic. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 09, 2012: Nice and useful comment Jman, thanks for sharing :). To get to 43, work outdoors most of the time (surrounded by wasps and bees) and socialise in outside restaurants/hotels where wasps are everywhere, yet never get stung apart from the one time when I was a young child seems to prove that we just need to exhibit the correct behaviour if we want to avoid being stung. I’ve managed to have both a Coca Cola and a raspberry cordial in sparkling water by attaching lids and it seems to help a lot. I am 27 years old and I have NEVER been stung by a wasp, despite often living in rural areas where they are everywhere and constantly get inside the house. Apparently Mozzies find women softer skinned than men, therefore we get more bites (so unfair). Watching an outdoor performance, calmly, and stung. Instead, you should stay as still as possible. In those situations I have NEVER been stung (oddly enough). why?!!!! What do you do? Nests include the queen, female workers are produced through the season and at the end of the season, but do not sting. but I hadn’t, so I wonder if I emit some sort of hormone to attract our little winged friends. The truth is that, like many creatures in the animal kingdom, bees and wasps have more complex eyesight than we do. They are not useful what so ever unlike bees. When the weather heats up they get aggressive. We didn't hear or see anything (very weird). Now I understand and vow to try not to kill anymore. i knew they were their so i guess i provoked a defender scout guy from my fear. Hence, I am not convinced with the article. Have a great day :). It doesn't make a difference. I have no idea if it survived, but I doubt it did. I don’t know if all of a sudden I am giving of a sent that they don’t like or what but I am starting to change my view from “don’t bug them they won’t bug you” to “spawns of the devil”. There was no nest in the vicinity. What I did learn from this experience was that moving around rapidly where wasps were flying was not a great idea. The reason I have studied their behaviour and written about them. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 20, 2013: I am not sure I would know the difference between a Yellow Jacket and a standard wasp to be honest Carol, we get so many types of wasp and we do also get hornets which are like very large wasps. Wasps have generally earned themselves a bad reputation. They still stayed away from that area. Answer. Even if the bees are no use to them for honey they may well be able to offer advice. But that didn't start till after I had my daughter, like something hormonally was now different that attracts those to me. I totally understand your fear though, because you know what happens if you get stung, and that fear is a natural reaction designed to protect you. It is best not to use perfume, cologne, or scented soaps if you are going into an area of … The summer is a great time to sit outside with a nice cold drink. My friend finally came to the truck door to realize that he was locked out and I was sitting in there frozen and unable to move or speak (like that kid on Jeepers Creepers, Darious). I was stung by a sweat bee 8 days ago and the sting site is STILL swelled and itchy. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 26, 2016: You can buy fake wasps nests or use a brown paper bag tied with string to look like a wasps nest. I honestly get swarmed by hundreds every day that i work outside and im at the point where i want to genocide the species. Honestly wasps are super fascinating. And i must refute the claim that if you kill one 10000 are going to suddenly be on the case. lol, but u should have seen me. I'm 11 years old and I must say this is COMPLETELY fictional. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 26, 2013: But they aren't vermin:( and if we all did that then we would equally all soon starve due to lack of pollination on our essential crops). It can deter the wasps from nesting in the same vicinity as they see the fake nest as competition. And I forgave it. I don't know what provoked the sting... Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 07, 2012: Hi St. lol. Every spring there are bees that swarm this corner on my mothers roof. I don't think I've been here for over a year. I hope your Grandson does not end up suffering from the same allergy, and that he does manage to cope with being around wasps or hornets. Granted, wasps that are too threatening because of where they are located (such as too near your house) may need to be destroyed. Whenever we come across a wasp it follows one of us. What can we do as a DIY to rid these pests or call an exterminator? Any idea. I'll definitely try and be more accepting of wasps in the future. I love all bees, wasps, and Hornets my favorite insects! My windows closed but they manage to get in from above? I see no good function for them. So far (apart from my young one-off childhood sting) I have never been stung since. Misty..thank you for your reply! To wasps, human beings are nothing but a threat to their home. Understanding the reasons why wasps chase you can help you to keep a clear head and avoid getting stung. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 14, 2013: How very strange, you sound like you are a bit of an anomaly. For some people who have a fear of insects and creepy crawlies, its kind of hard to stay still when a wasp comes buzzing around looking for something to sink its stinger into. Follow the flight pattern. Since then, yest. Why Wasps Are All Over Your Food Right Now.
The same is true for, Brody Brothers Pest Control works with hundreds of property owners every year to keep properties safe and free from harmful insects, animals, and pests. Next time one lands on your hand try examining it more closely without frantically trying to swat it away or kill it. They have fulfilled their mission of providing insects to feed the young grubs back in the nest, and now the queen has stopped rearing workers, and is concentrating her efforts on producing fertile males, mothers and new queens. At first I was just numb with fear not thinking anything, then after a minute my arm started to get tired. This year I had a good size nest on front porch and sprayed the crap out of it with hornet spray, but I decided to leave nest there, not knock it down. I also wear patterns. If you spot one, contact Brody Brothers Pest Control and don’t attempt to approach it on your own. If you, or a member of your family, is allergic to them, I … I'm O- and they love me! I have constant nest issue under the roof overhang, fascia board areas of my house and I don't like to use poison constantly so here are my 2 best tips from my time experimenting. It's true -- female honey bees die after they sting. I saw about 5 crawling deep in the grass, coming towards me, and as soon as I looked at them, they flew further away, about 4 feet, and again, started crawling childishly like an army man through the grass. So now I see all wasp, hornets, bees as bullets flying around me and I'm in a war zone. This one time when i was little a couple of bees came at me so my older brother took a dustpan and whacked them away and we ran into the house. Generally the existence of a nest would ensure a new nest was not built, so putting up a fake one when a real one was already in existence would seem 'odd' to the existing colony and probably not taken seriously. I must have been stung at least 25 times but what must it be? Then we both busted up laughing so hard, but as we were leaving the cemetary traveling down a treed path about 1/2 mile from the wasp nest, all of a sudden wasps started banging into my truck windsheild and more started coming and surrounding my truck and landing on it as I was going maybe 3-4 miles an hour down the little road among the tombstones and even my friend was like, " What the hell, what are they doing?" That’s why you may notice bees at your picnic, especially if you’re drinking sugary sodas or eating fruits, such as pineapple and watermelon. Thank you... Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 19, 2013: Hi Carol, re-hair colour, good question. I try not to kill them unnecessarily, but if they act like punks (which most of them do), I will turn into a mob boss and wipe out their whole family with no regrets. Thanks so much for your comment and anecdotes :). when I was a baby my mum found three bees in my nappy, goodness knows why and whenever I was ill my dr would ask if I’d been eating sweets as I smelt sweet. I do have a question though, is it just hornets that kill bees? Also cover your drinks when outside because stings to the tongue are usually the most fatal since your throat can become obstructed much faster. I believe it was late summer when i brought inside the wasp nest. I told him what happened and he went back to investigate despite my warning not to: I told him if that nest attacks you I can't save your butt and you won't deserve to be saved for doing a jackass stunt like walking up into a huge nest of wasps, knowing that they may attack feeling threatened by you. I find them naturally aggressive for no reason. Even today I found what was probably a dying bee on its back by my runner bean plants (probably because Autumn is near). Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on May 24, 2012: LOL, those strimmers hurt a lot more if you get 'stung' by one of them. Even now I can be picking beans etc, surrounded by bees, and they leave me well alone. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 03, 2012: So glad you are here to tell the tale. It is trying to chase you … While the honeybee stinger is barbed, wasp stingers are smooth and more like needles, which wasps will use to their advantage. Breathing quite heavily was a small wasp. Treatment of wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets is best performed at night; paper wasps can be eliminated during the daytime provided you do not stand directly below the nest during treatment. I was stung on numerous occasions as a young child (primary ground wasps) and as a young Adult a few more times when I was working over the summer at a fair (lots of cotton candy and lots of wasps)… Then nothing for… about 35 years and in the last 8 days I have been stung 3 times (while down town) no nests and the only time I saw the wasps on all three occasions was after I had been stung. Unfortunately, having wasps chase you can be scary and cause you to only make things worse. I wonder how many people who've posted in the comments have O blood? This leads the wasp to step up its defense and do anything necessary to remove the threat from the vicinity of the nest or escape—including stinging you. If a honey bee stings a mammal the skin closes up around the sting and grips it. I already knew about the retaliation of the other wasps. I called exterminator out that day to spray my property - He said there were a lot of complaints like mine in the area that started earlier that week - he thought it was weird too. Freaked me out - never seen them do that. If you follow them back to the source, you should be able to identify where the nest is; Once they’ve been fed, wasps tend to fly in a straight line back to their nest. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on May 22, 2015: Thanks Caitlin, when I get a moment I will change the image for a different one just to keep the article on subject. I've tried everything over the years and friends of mine that thought I was exaggerating at some point got a chance to see that these things and mosquitos as well are just attracted to me. Dad does most of the wasp killing, especially since I have poor aim with wasp spray. The next day another one comes in through the window. Wearing gloves, protective eye wear, pants and long sleeves, spray the nest with the insecticide. I don't drink sugary drinks. And the Hornets with their armored bodies look like bullies on steroids. Wasps just interfere, sting for no reason and upset lots of people. If those things would have swarmed they would have killed both of us - even though my friend isn't allergic, that many stings would kill anyone. Now its nats once in a while that pester me and my beer then clap your hands and plat... its gone. That is ridiculous and written by someone that loves to ridicule others. One of our recent articles contains a lot of information about wasp traps and if you check it out, you will surely find a lot of useful information.. After being chased by a tarantula hawk (which I would rather prefer to avoid being stung by one since its sting is said to be excruciatingly painful...) I stumbled upon this page. To make matters worse she has stopped producing the hormone that keeps the wasp colony together within the nest. I looked out the back window and saw wasps flying around where the wasp was killed. Never intentionally disturb a nest in your yard. Lunatic, you really did manage to make me laugh at the same time as I truly sympathised with your predicament. You should be able to notice the wasps coming and going from a single location. Overall, they are simply annoying for the fact of the fact they are intimidating, they build nests absolutely everywhere in the worst spots, they attack whenever they please, possibly for no reason, and etc. It is also worth bearing in mind that if you do kill or harm a wasp, they will release a chemical signal that alerts the other wasps in the nest, (anything up to 10,000 of them), to send out a rescue mission. The lanternfly excretes a sugary substance called honeydew after feeding on tree sap that is consumed by both bees and wasps. They will soon move on, (and once they are slightly drunk they won't be capable of bothering you any more anyway! I did nothing to aggravate it. aloe vera and/or honey are better, my mom put fresh aloe vera from our plant and it soothed the stinging sensation within a minute, and the mark and swelling disappeared within an our. Do I just brush it off, or flick it, or what? What do wasps do? Especially if wasp stings can cause you Anaphylactic shock like they do me. They’ll also follow you around long since you’ve fled. At least their pricks stop hurting when they leave lol (thinly veiled attempt at humour), Keep informing people about all our nature allies (allies? There are over 270 varieties of hoverflies in Britain, many of which are migrants from the continent. They will sting you when in this state whether you are the threat or not.. but they would ignore everyone else. I am allergic to wasps and do all my yard work, at least I did, but anyway when this hornet kept dive bombing me I let go of the mower and it was a self-running kind that I had clipped the handle to keep it from dying since its so hard to start again and I hit the ground kissing the dirt hoping it would get away. Run for your life? Wasps are garbage eaters, they destroy honey bees & bumble bees nests! Instead a few neighbors must of got a good laugh as they watched me hit the deck and my mower running across my huge front yard and into a tree. The same is true for, Brody Brothers Pest Control works with hundreds of property owners every year to keep properties safe and free from harmful insects, animals, and pests. Had you simply been standing there and not doing anything and ignoring the wasps you would have been just fine. Can't win for losing man. Or if I use my Epi-pen I can have a heart attack. I've often had them stuck in my hair. our terminex guy got rid of the nest buy im still scared to death when i have to go move the bins. Hoverflies have no sting, do not 'buzz' like a wasp or hornet, and are actually very good for the garden in terms of pollinating plants. Has anyone heard of this being true for wasps? Hi, thank you for the article I just wanted to share my experiences. Wasps help to control a host of insect pests in their hunt for food to nourish their hungry grubs back at the nest. I've been stung for no logical reason before and by the sounds of it so have many others. They do not attack because 'you wave your arms around like a demented spider'. they're more scared of you. This year I haven't seen any of the "regular" wasps but I've seen plenty of Ichneumon wasps (I'm not sure if the species of Ichneumon, though, lots of them look exactly the same) , and the Great Black Wasps are starting to come out. Punks, the whole lot of them. Wasps are most active in the warm summer months. I was in the close vicinity of it's nest, (albeit unwittingly), and for no obvious reason to a six year old, it flew over and stung me on the hand. Not many..but even ONE flying around sends me indoors! Indeed, wasps do sting, and wasp stings hurt. It was a very painful experience. No really! I'm not as afraid of bees but the wasp and hornets in this town are like crazy - they act different every year. 3 Answers. Cheers all!! they can sneek in quickly and be furious when you try to wash them down unsuspectingly. I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't having a bad dream. I live on the third floor of an apartment and trees surround my balcony and wasp are always flying from leaf to leaf in search of bug prey but mostly stay away from my balcony window, except when it is really hot here. P.s I have nothing against hoverflies as they are pretty chilled and easily identifiable :). Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 20, 2015: Not sure what you meant about 'blatant sexism' Ro so have had to delete your comment because this article is about wasps and obviously it is impossible to show blatant sexism on such a topic. And they have that sideways back and forth ready to attack pose...I'm thinking they know I'm afraid. If they never land on you then they won't sting you. You can tell from the antennae, and because it is much fuzzier looking than a wasp would be. (I'm allergic to mosquito bites too) . I am absolutely afraid of wasps, since I had my fair share of painful encounters when I was younger. The children did nothing to attract them or antagonise them, they quite simply appeared! Why wasps target you and whether killing one will cause an army to swarm. My mom picked it up with a towel and then walked downstairs and flushed it. On the contrary, wasps will usually be around flowers and plants, sweet tasting liquids etc. I am not so scared of bees or bumblebees (though I would rather not have them crawling all over me or limiting my vision). You could try changing these things to other brands, and even consider changing the brand of washing powder you use in case that is the problem. And when it does sting, it dies. A truly great comment St. Thanks for your comment. I think if they are nesting in your roof already, calling in pest control might be your best option. For the next half hour I was swatting like 20-30 survivors who kept coming back. The waiting game can be a bit safer, however, if you hoping for the wasps to die off from the cold,  think again. Make sure there is a clear escape route in case you stir up the wasps. They were bashing against the glass door trying to get to me, do you know why this might be? Do Wasps Re-use Old Nests? I had my dad come outside to get it to go away since I was so scared to move at all! Even spiders that venture into our house (and which I am scared stiff of) only ever get caught in a glass and put outside because I won't kill them, (luckily all our spiders are non-venomous here). He went anyway. Does anyone know why they follow people? I don't know if they are of any use to a beekeepers association, but I would contact the nearest one to ask, as they can usually relocate the nest for you. Answer Save. The second thing is to warn people NOT to pick up those pale, off-white to brown colored spheres you might see in the woods. 1 decade ago. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 06, 2012: I expect they 'forget' after a while once they feel the threat is gone. To the best of my knowledge normal wasps don’t attack bees but it would be worth looking into this further as I can’t be certain if some types of wasp might target bees. i swear i barely moved our outdoor trashbin, and i hear lour buzzing and a wasp comes for my face killer fast. I stand still and they sting whichever piece of flesh they can find, I must have been stung at least 25 times, what could it be? Instead, allow them to enjoy a few mouthfuls of your beer, a snack on your jam and a buzz round your table. I'm a runner, at least when it comes to bees. I still don't like that I am always having to be so cautious to avoid being attacked in my own back yard. Can't sting you if it's avoiding being smacked by a limb 10000x its size. Thanks! I appreciate your article, and today either a hornet or a hoverfly (I'm now starting to think it was a hoverfly) landed on my arm. So I have always wondered if they can sense fear - that day was one of my top 2 most frightening encounters. 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