It’s yellow jacket time in Boise and due to a mild winter, dry conditions and warm temps, the nasty critters are joining alfresco diners and picnickers uninvited.
They come in several models, but the nasty ones are called Vespula Vulgaris and because of their scavenging behavior, they tend to come into contact with humans on a more regular basis than wasps that hunt for live prey.
Yellow jackets don’t just sting; they bite and sting, and sting, and sting, and sting repeatedly. We have heard first hand reports from friends who were unusual victims of yellow jacket attacks.
One was a very common method–the wasp took a swim in an open can of sweet soda (orange is a favorite flavor). The second was a guy who sat on the throne of a forest service outhouse to painfully discover a yellow jacket nest beneath the seat in the toilet. He claims to have experienced unwanted swelling lasting nearly 4 hours.
The GUARDIAN makes traps using 2 liter soft drink bottles. Just cut an egg-sized hole in each side, hang some bait from a string inside, (meat, fish, small can of tuna, or chicken) and fill the bottom with a couple inches of water. Works better than those $8 yellow plastic models.
Treating a yellow jacket sting is fairly simple:
wash the sting with soap & water. Apply meat tenderizer to help break down the proteins of the venom. Take an antihistamine (benadryl) and cover the wound with ice to help prevent swelling and itching. If you are of age or Mom isn’t around, you can also swear and cuss.
If your throat or tongue starts to swell, or you get a nasty rash, it can be a sign of anaphylactic shock. Get yourself to the emergency room ASAP.
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