im 13 and got stung a few weeks ago due to a nest of i think wasps in our gutter. 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). Lunatic, you really did manage to make me laugh at the same time as I truly sympathised with your predicament. However, trying to remove wasps on your own is a dangerous task. why?!!!! they can sneek in quickly and be furious when you try to wash them down unsuspectingly. A couple of years later, however, I was just chilling in a garden, and I had my eyes closed. Understanding the reasons why wasps chase you can help you to keep a clear head and avoid getting stung. This explains to freeze up and wait for it to move on. Then they ocasionally try to get into the window because they feel a slight cool draft at the door edges, but have only had one get in and was not aggressive and had to do was slowly walk up and swat it with a broom and knocked it to the floor and then it was game over ! and now so far all day today, they are hovering outside my window. Wasps are evil, simple as. I freeze since I read a similar article back in school to not move. And i must refute the claim that if you kill one 10000 are going to suddenly be on the case. Try it, you should quickly feel much more relaxed around them. As much as I can see they have a place and a right to life I’d rather just talk to my bees and hoverflies. Most of the effective methods require getting so close to the nest that you put yourself in immense danger of being stung by multiple insects and getting seriously injured. or any other scented and unnatural products. With an almost rumbling, deep loud voice and off the fly to my amazement. Just goes to show it works. I had a stroke and then they figured out I had Lupus Anti-DNA clotting disorder that caused it. If you spot anything else please feel free to let me know. Answer Save. Aftershave, certain deodorants etc. So I will run away and if I get the chance kill those things. If it wasn't for wasps we would be over-run with other less appealing insects that would otherwise destroy crops etc. So there was a wasp in my house yest. They attack then they feel threatened. Generally they will buzz around you for about 20 seconds or so before flying away (assuming you don't panic and start flapping your hands and arms around). Very interesting page. Unfortunately, I have a rather intense phobia of wasps (especially). Even though those wasps are no match for my turtles, they are, excuse my language (again), fucking assholes that will ruin your life and attempting to sting you, even if you aren't harming them at all. I had a red bee or wasp that had a long stem from the rear, curious what type of bee is it. Wasps are actually pretty amazing little creatures if you make the effort to find out more about them. Honey bees have cute puffy, fluffy little chubby bodies. Do you swat at the wasp? Yellow and black colors on an insect is not a good combo, but the honeybees are ok with me, just as long as they don't attack... And yes, while wasps have their uses, they seem to be menaces towards the human race, and there are reasons why they are seen as such. I have a small yard full of trees. It then flew away (rather swiftly). I didn't know a wasp was there. I've often had them stuck in my hair. He went anyway. They have been coming back every year for a number of years. While the honeybee stinger is barbed, wasp stingers are smooth and more like needles, which wasps will use to their advantage. Now i feel a lot better about my roofspace being full of them ,, Not !!!! Il try the standing still thing though. Nests include the queen, female workers are produced through the season and at the end of the season, but do not sting. I have a high pain threshold normally so I didn’t move and thought it was just ornery. It's always women who get chewed up in the summer. Anyways, my mother found a big ass nest in her shed and was going to call an exterminator. Likely they can smell even the faintest of scent though. It's a shame that a wasp's motivations for stinging aren't always obvious (I mean I'm interested in wasps but I sometimes have no idea why a sting happened in some situations), so it's easy for people to believe that they just little packages of concentrated hate. I prefer water. 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. I am experimenting. Never intentionally disturb a nest in your yard. And you will wave them off, and they will get a blast of meaty goodness and be threatened by your aggression. (I'm allergic to mosquito bites too) . If you, or a member of your family, is allergic to them, I … I forgot to mention that I attract these critters to me even when I don't move or run. I accept them for what they are, mindless flying syringes of venom liable to sting me, and they can accept me for what I am, a human that will swat, squish, and spray them if they make the mistake of hassling me. I'm a painter and I have been doing exterior work on an apartment building that has a LOT of nests on the building (mostly under the open roofs for the porch/deck and doors.) Thanks so much for your comment and anecdotes :). Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on May 16, 2012: The 'distress' smell they will have emitted when the nest was disturbed will also have called in the others to help defend it. This is bogus. 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. Do not try to fool wasps by “playing dead”. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 22, 2015: Thank you for the lovely compliment Sonny, and good luck with your wasp problem. I was stung by a sweat bee 8 days ago and the sting site is STILL swelled and itchy. I stare at them. Another one flew at my window. Professional products are effective. However, one time, a wasp landed on me, so I stayed the most absolute still, and as I stayed still, it continued to crawl on me, getting close to my ear and boy, was I scared. The large 'hornet' on someone's arm at the end is actually a wasp-mimicking moth, probably in the family Sessidae. I’ve only been stung once by a wasp when one flew up my shorts while I was enjoying a sherbet dip dab lol and I got stung in the back by a poor bee who got caught in my hair. Longest 4 minutes of my life, and more relief for escaping unscathed than I've ever felt since. I love bees and hoverflies. 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. Wasp won’t chase you far, usually 50-100 feet away,  just far enough from their home. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 04, 2012: I am sorry you got stung Oz, but this is incredibly unusual in cases where people are behaving calmly unless they were wearing perfume, aftershaves, possibly lotions handcreams? You just happened to be both going in the same direction. I suspect the fake nest failed because your wasp colony were already established. God, only my eyes moved in my head as I was frozen to the spot with my mind racing and my eyes moving very slowly to to see that I was trapped in my worst nightmare. It's scientifically proven that people with the O blood type attract more mosquitos than the other blood types. This is the wrong move, as it increases movement and makes you more of a threat in the eyes of the wasp. I am absolutely terrified of yellow jackets - and now, late summer here I am trying to enjoy my last days of summer and here they are! It can deter the wasps from nesting in the same vicinity as they see the fake nest as competition. up my shirt down my pants. What do you do? everyone always said: their harmless. But the nest can react en mass, especially if someone tries to move the nest without making the wasps drowsy first – or kill them humanely – you can be for a whole world of pain. High temperature and food availability also affect how quick a nest will be to protect itself. Even with their special yellow and black body, they can still be confused with hornets, although hornets are not as common in this country, they can still bite and sting you. Ally’s?) And I said ,"they are always like this with me, they just keep coming, that's why I got in truck asap." Poor little honey bees, I actully like them, they are quite cute. Anyway, tis the season of fear for all us people who are allergic or afraid of wasps, hornets and bees. they're more scared of you. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 08, 2011: Nightmre Scottyukdragon. You would be wrong in thinking that they sting because they are pure evil and super aggressive and it is the only purpose of wasps. It seems i can only choose how I will die - smother or cardiac arrest .I got rid of my lawn - bought a bee keeper suit so I can spray down nests and water my floweres gardens, (neighbors freaked out at 1st but its a conversation starter) I've met a lot more people curious when they are walking their dogs past my house and catch the crazy women in her white full body straight jacket watering the lawn. To make matters worse, some wasps can be downright nuisances—they build nests under our eaves or in our lawns and swarm around our guests at backyard barbecues. They know I won’t hurt them and we live our lives happy in spring and summers. 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. But that didn't start till after I had my daughter, like something hormonally was now different that attracts those to me. I think if they are nesting in your roof already, calling in pest control might be your best option. I could see them flying against the sky. They didn't bother either me or my friend the entire time we stayed there. We’ve seen customers trying to kill yellow jackets with gasoline or drown them with a garden hose, which is dangerous due to their aggressive nature. That is ridiculous and written by someone that loves to ridicule others. 5 6 7. I soon follow up with washing the dead body and guts and spray what ever smelling spray around the area. I always have a huge supply of anti-wasp and bee chemicals for the summer to spray in profusion anywhere near where they may exist. I still don't like that I am always having to be so cautious to avoid being attacked in my own back yard. it was funny because i brought it into my house and my dad freaked out. I do try to stay still and typically they don't bother me, unless they just fly around me like a predator surrounding its pray before striking. All Rights Reserved. At the time it hurt, I cried, and my young male playmate killed the offending wasp, before returning me to my Mum for cuddles, ointments and reassurance. Again, I am so appreciative of your comments and experience. oh btw, anyone who ever gets stuck, do not be putting chemicals on it. When a bee stings another insect it just punches a hole in the insect's hard exoskeleton and has no difficulty withdrawing the sting through the hole it has produced. Poor thing was trying to right itself but couldn't, so just in case it had a chance of survival I used a picked runner bean to tip it the right way up again. Lately every time I go to the outdoor faucet to get water, there is the same wasp there, keeping me from using the faucet. I was then stung. The heat can threaten their wellbeing and cause them to attack anything that moves close to them. First I tried hanging a gold or silver ball christmas ornament in the roof corners and this seemed to work great, not one nest. There was no nest in the vicinity. If you’re looking for wasp control in Maryland or if you have questions about pest inspections for your new home, contact us online or give us a call at (410) 653-2121 (Baltimore area) or (301) 637-0178 (Montgomery County). 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