It is surprising how painful they are.I got stung by a yellow jacket for the first time in my life today while bush hogging the fields. I was just pluggin along and wham......right on the arm pit man. I looked behind me and they were going nuts right above their nest hole. I gotta say....I've been stung by red wasp, bumblebees, Hornets etc... but I've never had a reaction from a sting like I had today. A hour or so later from my shoulder to my ribs were sore and I had a stomachache. The sting happened around noon and it still feels bruised. I for sure wouldn't want to find out what would happen from multiple stings.
I was splitting wood with a Collins Axe about ten years ago, when I found myself under attack from 3-5 yellowjackets. Not many, really. When i get stung I puff up like Popeye's arms, so I've found my best strategy is to try to kill as many as I can before they sting me. Well, my wife heard the ruckus and came outside to see me flailing at the yellow jackets with the Collins Axe. She yelled "STOP You're going to hurt yourself!". I replied "I'm fine, but you know what happens when I get stung. Don't feel like going to the ER this evening".I've long had a propensity for being stung by bees, brown hornets, yellow jackets, horseflies, etc. I sat down on a plastic chair by the fire pit earlier this summer that had a yellow jacket nest the size of a softball underneath it, that was a lot of fun.
Anyway, today I finally decided to pull down a large oak branch widow maker from out back on my property. I went out there with some cable and a come-along, and the whole thing came crashing down like I wanted. I cut it up into 6 foot lengths and was shouldering them out of there. As I was reaching down for the last one, my foot squished down on something soft and I felt the familiar pain of a yellow jacket sting on my hand. It's surprising how fast you can run in a helmet and chaps LOL. I'm very thankful I didn't step on the nest with a running chainsaw.
my go to is Benadryl, baking soda and icebad thing about yellow jackets is they cay sting multiple times and fly away. their stingers are not barbed. i am allergic to bee stings and what the doctors told me was each time i get stung the affects get worse and they happen quicker. a friend of mine helped me out once when i got stung he told me to get a rag or paper towel soak it in regular ammonia and put it over the sting for fifteen minutes. when i first put it on it felt like someone was drilling a hole in me. but it went away in a few. the ammonia neutralizes the venom. he told me he got taught that in pharmacy school.
What's up with that - same here last night. First time ever. Every year it seems there is some bug population out of whack. First it was Asian lady bugs, then boxelder beetles, then japanese beetles, now hornets everywhere.Wasps like beer. Last swallow one day led to being stung on the roof of the mouth.