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I've been stung!

| 10/17/2012 8:13:13 PM

A dead wasp that is easier to identifyWas it a wasp? A hornet? A yellow jacket? A mud dauber? Actually the questions are rather moot since there are about 100,000 related species using these various names. Additionally, almost all stinging insects give me adverse reactions. I am not a person to be rushed to the emergency room but I have more swelling and itching and it lasts longer than for most folks. Also, unless there were one or more of those species that I was acutely allergic to, I am not really interested in catching and identifying the culprit.

Now that fall is here, and many of these stingers are dying off or suffering from the cooler temperatures, being stung is not really a problem and I have more time to learn what might be out there stinging me. I confess that I have generally viewed all of the above as species that are on earth to cause me pain. I avoid them unless they really give me a problem and then out with the spray!

I found one, see pictures, crawling on my floor. It was not healthy and the picture was taken after its demise when I felt that I could safely look it over.

Doing some online research, I found that "mud dauber" and "yellow jacket" are common names and may refer to various related wasp species. Hornets are described as a type of wasp. Probably the name that most people agree upon for all of these species is simply "wasp".

One way of describing wasp species is by they manner of living, solitary or social. Social wasps tend to be more conspicuous because we see their nests of mud or paper and we see many insects at one time.

Many social wasps can release an attack pheromone, which signals the danger to the entire nest. For this reason, killing a wasp near its nest by physical means, swatting it or stepping on it for example, is not a good idea. It is better to use a spray to kill the entire nest with one shot and avoid the possibility of multiple stings.

10/20/2012 4:04:38 AM

Minnie, seriously a nest under a tractor seat can stay? I only got stung one time by a wasp. I happen to tag me just below the right eye. That entire half of my face swelled up to the point of having a difficult time seeing out of my right eye. It lasted about five days before the swelling was entirely gone. I wasn't even messing with a nest. It just flew out of no where; hit me in the face; and decided it was a great place to bury a stinger and inject its venom; and then flew off. Have a great wasp free day.

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