Yellowjacket stings. Ever had one?

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  1. Thunderdrones Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, over this past weekend, I was installing an air conditioner, and accidentally disturbed some yellowjackets. Before I knew it they were swarming around me, and even though I was wearing gloves they still stung me in a few places on my hands and arms. That day was pretty painful, but by today, its starting to get better.

    Has this ever happened to you? I can remember being stung when I was younger, but never this painful and never so many times. I didnt go to the ER, but next time maybe I will to get a shot of something.

    For a little bug, they sure have a big sting.
     
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  2. Bruce SNCO

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    OUCH!! 25 years ago I mowed a nest and got "swarmed". I think I got 10 or 15 stings. I've since stepped on fire ant hills and I have no recollection that those bee stings hurt as much as those red ants. I literally felt like my feet were on fire!!

    Glad you aren't allergic and that your feeling better!
     
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  3. Thunderdrones Moderator Staff Member

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    I think I would not have lived to tell the tale if I got stung 10 times!
     
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  4. Camino Ken SNCO

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    I actually had my first yellow jacket stings (yes, plural) about a year ago. I was opening one of those buried green sprinkler boxes with my face close to it trying to figure out why it wouldn’t open when it suddenly did and there was a nest inside an I was swarmed instantly. I think I ended up with three stings around my eyes, with one on my eyelid. Damm did that hurt. The witnesses (not necessarily good friends) were laughing because I was running around in circles slapping my face like I was crazy, which in retrospect might have looked a bit funny.
     
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  5. Flycaster NCO

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    Yeah, I got hit by "The Meat Bees" about 7 years ago, got 4/5 good stings and had enough.
    Went home, got my old trusty Schluter Magic heli, charged it up, fueled it up, and went back for vengeance.
    Now, yellow jackets are strong flyers, but no strong enough to escape the "in-wash" of Magic's 5.5 foot rotor span at hover RPM.
    I was able to "clean up" the airborne suckers, then went for the nest. The glass "burp blades" just ripped that sucker open,
    And I hovered just underneath what was once a whole nest, now just half a nest. Even over the noise of the mighty .60 nitro engine, the noise of the jackets being sucked into and thru the rotors was no pun intended, "magical". Easily hear the thwack thwack thump thwack of blade impacts.

    Now, one might think all is well and happy, right? NOT!

    I spent 2 days cleaning my heli of the little, itty, bitty, tiny parts of the yellow jackets out of the whole thing.

    Would I do it again? Maybe........Who am I kidding, yeah, I'd do it again.....
     
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  6. hactick NCO

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    I have to carry an epi-pen wherever I go because of these little bastards. I swallowed one when I took a swig of a nice cool beer on the back porch a few years back and ended up with a sting on my tonsil that swelled my throat shut in a few minutes. Had to hang out at the fire dept. for a few hours on oxygen until the benedryl and epinephrine took the swelling down.
     
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  7. Flycaster NCO

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    "I swallowed one when I took a swig of a nice cool beer on the back porch a few years back"

    I did that fishing.
    Set my beer down on a tree stump, changed out my fly and leader, then decided I was thirsty again, took a pull of my beer, and voila, A mayfly had crawled into my beer and I felt spat it out. Patooey patooey patooey.
    I always now cover my beer with something.

    Not as dangerous as your situation (I carried and epi pen for a few years until I discovered I was not allergic).
     
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  8. hactick NCO

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    I switched to whiskey, harder for bugs to get through the plastic pour spout. Never had a problem since.
     
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  9. Fatherxmas NCO

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    Back when I was about 6, was running up a path that ran past my Dad's bee boxes. Being overcome with an attack of stupid, I ran past them and smacked all the boxes with the stick I was carrying. I'm still alive by the grace of God, not so much the couple hundred bee stings that put me in the hospital, my Dad didn't murder me for killing his bees.
     
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  10. Flycaster NCO

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    Never did that again, I bet?;)
    Another "Lesson from The School of Life", sometimes the best teacher...
     
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