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  • dalewick
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    Originally posted by CountryGuy View Post
    Any chance maybe was some type of larvae sack? Never have heard of that with a yellow jacket but I don't know.

    Glad to hear you're feeling better. I will caution you Dale, you might want to watch yourself going forward or talk to your Dr about getting an Epi-pen to have on hand just in case. It's not uncommon for people to become allergic after a bad attack like you had.
    CG, I really hope it wasn't a larvae egg/sack or anything else alive. I survived over seas critters and really don't need that now. LOL! I've been stung probably over 100 times before 2 weeks ago, during my lifetime. So I really try to watch getting stung anymore. These guys surprised me as I have run the lawnmower past them many times this summer. I hate yellowjackets! I did tell my Dr. and she just said to be careful. LOL! Have to love how Dr's think. LOL! This was the first time I was stung enough to make me feel sick for a couple days. It took 4 days for the swelling to go away.

    ZaGran, Anything is possible I guess. I've been searching the internet all day and can't find anything similar. Like I said, I HATE yellowjackets!

    Dale

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  • CountryGuy
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    Any chance maybe was some type of larvae sack? Never have heard of that with a yellow jacket but I don't know.

    Glad to hear you're feeling better. I will caution you Dale, you might want to watch yourself going forward or talk to your Dr about getting an Epi-pen to have on hand just in case. It's not uncommon for people to become allergic after a bad attack like you had.

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  • ZAGran
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    Is it possible they were not venom sacs? With a bee sting squeezing just injects more venom. The only possibility I can think of is that your body walled off the venom creating a small cyst. Just a wild guess based on my experience of with iron fillings as a youngster.

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  • dalewick
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    Got stung pretty badly 2 weeks ago (24+ stings) on my leg, arm and torso by a nest of yellowjackets. Cutting a couple of dwarf spruces up close to the house and they were in the ground under the tree beside where I was cutting. The thing I wanted to write about though was what was in 2 of the sting sites. Had 2 that were hurting more than the others and not wanting to heal. I thought maybe there were pockets of venom that weren't dispersing so I decided to squeeze them to break them up. When I squeezed the first one some clear fluid started out and then a small ( about 2 mm in diameter) white ball popped out of the hole. Surprised would be an understatement. Did the second site and yep, a second one (exactly the same) popped out. Unless these were venom sacs that somehow got injected under my skin, I have no idea what they were. Did that yesterday and this morning, both sites have healed up and stopped hurting. Anyone seen this before? Any ideas?

    Dale

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  • Murphy
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    Originally posted by CountryGuy View Post
    yep that's the same little bastards...
    Until I ran into that nest and got stung, I had never seen one before in my life.. The only other hornets we have here that I've seen are the long thin black ones, which seem like they're retarded.. the yellow jackets, which are very aggressive, and these big brown (mud wasp?) ones that don't seem to bother anyone.
    We also have a blue wasp but they don't seem to bother anyone either and I don't think they make community style nests.. they seem to be loners and are not at all aggressive.

    Now, after getting my rear end kicked by the bald faced hornets, they seem to have migrated into our area and I'm finding at least two or three nests every year..

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  • CountryGuy
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    yep that's the same little bastards...

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  • Murphy
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    Originally posted by CountryGuy View Post
    if a bald face hornet is another name for what we call around here a white face hornet or if it's anything near the same I know you were hurting big time for days if not week or more from those.
    Most of it only hurt for about 2 hours.. the lips hurt for about 4 hours.. By bedtime I was fine.
    I'm really careful about looking for them now and kill them as soon as I find one. They're not nearly as aggressive as Yellow Jackets when just flying around, but they are larger and a lot meaner when you disturb their nest. Although they prefer to sleep at night, they're also one of the few species that will fly at night.. So don't go killing them in the evening and think you're safe like with yellow jackets..

    Best way is to kill them at night but make sure you have a bright light about 50 feet away pointing away from the nest.. if/when they swarm out, they'll attack the light first.

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  • CountryGuy
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    if a bald face hornet is another name for what we call around here a white face hornet or if it's anything near the same I know you were hurting big time for days if not week or more from those.

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  • Murphy
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    I was mowing around a fence line two years ago and ran head first into a Bald Faced Hornet's next that was bigger than a basketball..

    Ever see a grown man run across the lawn like a screaming little girl?

    I got stung about a dozen times.. lips, cheeks, back of neck, both legs, both arms, upper back and one on my hand. Damn that hurt.

    Unfortunately for the nest, it met its demise later that evening.. and now I promise my kid a bowl of ice cream for each nest found.

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  • RICHFL
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    What I have used for years is remove the stinger it will continue to pump for up to 30 minutes.

    Get some meat tenderize and make a small paste that will cover the sting site. keep covered for 2 hours then do so again it will stop any venom left.

    Take a benadryl 25 mg of HCI ; it will counter act the venom in the body.

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  • jimLE
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    iike the foil idea.unfurcently.i dont have a vac sealer.and unless There's a way to can it.that's out of the question.

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  • CountryGuy
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    Originally posted by jimLE View Post
    I got a aloe vera leaf/pad from someone today.seeing how it's good for diff things.now i need a way to include it in a 1st aid kit.if i can somehow.
    When I was a kid I remember Mom had a piece of aloe vera leaf wrapped in a piece of aluminum foil for years in the medicine cabinet. if someone got a burn, she'd pull it out, snip a bit off the corner and rub the sap on. then she'd wrap it back up and put it away. seemed to have and use it for years. Think it's also edible to help with digestive issues. don't remember if it stops things up or makes things go... I'm thinking a leaf vac sealed in a bag or mylar might be a way to add it to your first aid preps but maybe do a piece and let it on your shelf and in a few months open it up to see how it's keeping. if it's good, seal it back up. Might also be able to vac seal a bunch in a jar?

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  • jimLE
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    I got a aloe vera leaf/pad from someone today.seeing how it's good for diff things.now i need a way to include it in a 1st aid kit.if i can somehow.

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  • ZAGran
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    I put the increased population of wasp and other insects in my area down to the fact that we have had almost twice our usual rainfall 60+ inches as apposed to 35 inches thus increasing the food base. However if the Pacific northwest is having the same problem extra rain may not be the problem.
    As the nights cool my usual fall problem of spiders invading the house has started. Not the big wolf or 'garden spiders' but those little ones that make webs in the corners at the ceiling and behind the wardrobe or chest of drawers you don't move. Luckily these are more of a nuisance than dangerous. Plus the granddaddy long legs are starting to show up in force. I only spray the basement and detached garage for spiders a couple times a year. Any insecticide or chemical I use on my place winds up in the pond and that is a food source for ME. Besides the dehumidifier in the basement helps keep the spiders down. The dry air keeps down the food supply and thus the spiders....
    Last edited by ZAGran; 09-28-2015, 01:31 PM. Reason: spelling

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