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Arrrrgggg! WASP!

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Toyman, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Toyman


    May 6, 2003
    West Michigan
    So the other day I was out behind the shop clearing some sticks and got stung by what I think was a wasp, didn't really get a look at it.

    Once in the temple, once on the bottom side of my ring finger - about where the ring would be, and once on the side of my knee. Three painful spots.

    It's been years since I've been stung by anything, and kinda forgot how bad it hurts - and for how long. My head still hurt 8 hrs later.

    So, what are your ideas and suggestions for bee/wasp stings? Sting sticks, home remedies, etc.?
  2. Hauptmann6


    May 22, 2002
    Portage, MI
    Ice it IIRC. Been a while here too fortunately.

  3. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    if in a couple of days/weeks you start feeling sick, make sure you tell the Dr. about the wasp, some people are really allergic, hope you will be OK.
  4. rgregoryb

    rgregoryb Amerikaner

    Oct 20, 2004
    Republic of Alabama
    Scotch.............applied internally
  5. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
  6. deadmanglocking


    May 16, 2012
    Slice of tomato applied to the sting. Always worked as a kid for red wasp stings. Or if you use tobacco products apply some wet tobacco to it. Daddy always said it would "draw" the poison out. Dunno, but it worked for us..

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  7. Don't forget revenge on the nest.
  8. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    benedril, ice, and some booze.

    after youre good and liquored up youll come up with some good ideas for revenge on the nest.
  9. Depending on where the nest is, a good fiery death for the whole shebang is always appropriate.

    Home made flamethrower, anyone?
  10. coastal4974


    Nov 2, 2009
    You must have really pizzed him off, wasps are not usually aggressive.

    A good remedy is to soak in the gulf with liberal doses of mojitos. Works for anything I’ve tried it for.
  11. rwrjr


    May 25, 2007
    Northern VA
    Sounds like they could have been yellow jackets, a type of wasp. They typically build nests in the ground or old stumps/logs, etc. Very aggressive little bastards and when you disturb their nests you'll get a few stings before you even know what hit you.

    I myself hit a nest 4 weeks ago and had 8 stings in about 2 seconds. Last year I hit two separate nests on the SAME DAY while mowing my lawn and got multiple stings from each.

    If they were yellow jackets you'll see dozens flying pretty close to the nest after they are disturbed. In my experience if you get more than 20-30 feet away they don't follow. Wait a couple of hours until they calm down before dealing with the nest, or even better go out at dark because they're fairly inactive in the dark.

    Right after the stings a dose of Benadryl is a safety precaution. The pain usually goes away quickly but the sting sites can itch for several days and may swell a bit. Topical Benadryl cream helps a little with the itching, you'll just have to wait out the swelling. The worst of it should be over in about three days.
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  12. rwrjr


    May 25, 2007
    Northern VA
    Allergic reactions usually present symptoms fairly quickly. Shortness of breath, airway constriction, heartbeat irregularities. If your stung and you have symptoms other than the pain and swelling at the actual sting site I recommend you get to a doctor quickly. If you have severe reactions to stinging insects you may be a candidate for an EpiPen.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2012
  13. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
    My friend,they actually sound like "white" faced hornets.They are the most combative "hornet" I know of.Granted yjs are aggressive,and I'm constrained by an Epi-pen.My kid hasta carry 1,I carry 3,my wife is quite happy ta inject as needed.'08. :sad:
  14. Toyman


    May 6, 2003
    West Michigan
    I could have been almost anything, I've got yellow jackets, white faced hornets, and some other giant yellow jacket looking wasp sized thing flying around and hovering in place.

    Finding the nest might be hard (if there is one) as there are ferns everywhere, which makes finding it tough. I might have to break out some coveralls and just start poking around.
  15. rwrjr


    May 25, 2007
    Northern VA
    I have these huge hornets somewhere around the back of my house but I've never been able to find the nest. About as long as my pinky. Big, scary looking things. About once every 2-4 weeks one of those things gets in the house and buzzes around. They're not as fast as yellow jackets and I've found the perfect swatter for them. A tennis racket. :supergrin:

    BTW, a tennis racket works great on carpenter bees too except that after a while they get smart and hover higher up just out of reach.
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  16. sebecman


    Jun 13, 2008
    If there is water, look there for them and follow them home. All bees/hornets/wasps need lots of water and when they get it they will make a beeline to the hive. Just follow them.

    If there is not much water in the area place a bucket of water nearby, sit down and watch it.
  17. CigarandScotch

    CigarandScotch Fartacus

    Sep 22, 2011
    Naw Cackalacky
    Very few things are more satisfying to me than killing a nest of wasps or hornets. The time to do it is usually close to dusk, when they are all back home for the evening. You can usually kill the entire colony before they even know what hit them.
  18. bob_fuller


    Nov 8, 2008
    Ankeny, Iowa
    rub some dirt in it.
  19. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    Tell your wife/girlfriend that the only cure for a wasp sting is more sex.
  20. John Rambo

    John Rambo Raven

    Feb 15, 2010
    Tampa, Fl.
    Topical anesthetic, Lidocaine (or almost anything ending in "caine"), Menthol, you get the idea. Diphenhydramine, or if you don't have any, Meclizine Hcl, taken orally. 50mg should do it.
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