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Stung By A Yellow Jacket


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Yellow Jacket

Photo Of Yellow Jacket by Tonie Cook

Photo Of Yellow Jacket by Tonie Cook

Yellow Jacket Stings and Symptoms

I was near the crepe myrtle when I first felt a sharp needle-like pain in my wrist. I looked around, but saw nothing - then I felt it again. By the time I realized that a yellow jacket got into my wrist-length suede leather garden gloves, it was too late for negotiation.

I squealed, ripped off my gloves, and ran into the house to wash the wound. I was in a bit of shock. There were no bees buzzing around where I was working, I was wearing protective garden gloves and clothing, no perfumes, and was stung at least two times.

Somehow, some way, in the first ten minutes of tending my garden I was covertly visited by one crazed yellow jacket that went up my garden glove and attacked. I was stung by a yellow jacket.

The Yellow Jacket Stinger Exposed

The Gloves Come Off

This wound hurt and itched. In fact, my hand up to my elbow itched. The first thing I did was wash the wound and put bactine on it. But by the time Day 2 rolled around, I realized the situation could get worse if I didn't pay serious attention to it. The wound literally had me awake off and on for two nights. The itching arm woke me up.

Having been stung before it was my belief that I was not allergic to a yellow jacket sting. After reading some very helpful information, I learned that there are three (3) different types of yellow jackets, with each being more aggressive than the other. I also learned that just because one was not allergic to the sting the first time, it does not mean that one is immune from the effects of a sting in the future.

A Yellow Jacket Nest In The Mulch

My hubby was weed-eating when he heard my squeal, and said he would check out what was going on. When he went over to where I was working, he found an underground yellow jacket hive hidden under the mulch. I must have been stepping all over it when propping up my drooped flowers.

He came inside to check on me, then went back outside to see what I got into. When he came back in, he had a grin and said, "By Graphthar's hammer I will avenge Thee!"


He found the yellow jacket nest hidden under the mulch. He raked the mulch back from the nest a couple of times (carefully) exposing the yellow jackets' lair. Later that evening around dusk, he went back out to a calm, unsuspecting nest and sprayed it with one of the popular commercial grade sprays you find at the local department, hardware, or grocery store. He checked the nest the next morning for activity. If the nest was still buzzing, he would repeat the process.

I would highly recommend anyone who is older or highly allergic to bee stings to consider getting an exterminator to handle more complex nest situations. Yellow jackets are aggressive enough without poking around a nest. It would be wise not to put yourself in the position of being swarmed.


Photo Of A Yellow Jacket Sting

My War Wound

Day 2 was a tough one. The sting area swelled, itched, and just about drove me nuts. Thinking if I squeezed the wound it would get the poison out was stupid. It only agitated the stinger in the venom sack and made matters worse.

Day 3 I was considering going to a doctor to have it checked. Then I remembered something from childhood: Hydrogen Peroxide kills germs. I got to thinking that the wound was now hot, the stinger still in, maybe it was infected somehow even though my cleaning the wound was a constant. Cleaning the wound with peroxide was a good thing in my case because it did its job.

Day 4 the worst of the itch was almost gone, and I got a good night's sleep. The redness is still there, but finally began to fade.

Keep Your Cool

An ice pack or cold compress on the wound will temporarily help relieve the swelling and itchy sting.

When Bees Attack

Yellow Jacket Videos: Stings, Hives, and More - The Yellow Jacket Experience On YouTube

Below are videos describing what yellow jackets look like, what their nests look like, what people have done when under attack, first aid tips, and more. Sharing information to help others is what this is all about.

Yellow Jacket Attack

Rescue 911

The Hive


Picture of wasp warming itself on the deck board.

Picture of wasp warming itself on the deck board.

Treating The Yellow Jacket Sting

My Most Recent Reaction With Yellow Jacket Stings

The biggest reason I can attribute my bad reaction to the sting was my improper immediate response.

First and foremost, I did not get the stinger out by thinking I 'washed' it out with water, soap, alcohol, etc. In fact, I may have embedded the stinger into the venom sac deeper into the wound by doing these things.

Not many people realize that before tobacco was demonized, it was considered valuable for its herbal properties. This is one example of such medicinal use. The last time I got stung, my husband had a cigarette, took it apart, chewed the tobacco, and made a poultice for my sting. I kept it on the sting for a few minutes, and the stinger and venom were all brought to the skin surface. The wound stung for a couple days, but there was no redness, itching, swelling, etc. That was about twenty years ago, and neither of us smoke anymore.

There are other home remedies for helping with bee stings for those who are not severely allergic. A small baking soda and lemon juice poultice placed over the sting is said to draw the poison to the surface, too. An old farm remedy was to take three leaves from the yard (blade of grass, clover, chickweed, or any other non poisonous leaf) rub them together and place on top the sting. The juice from the three leaves will draw the stinger to the surface of the skin.

Growing up with fruit trees around the yard, I learned the value of keeping things cleaned up as much as possible. Pears, apples, and even hummingbird feeders often draw wasps and yellow jackets to the nectar. If you have or live near fruit trees, try to keep the area clean of dropped fruit to avoid luring the bees.

Information About Yellow Jacket Stings

It was difficult for me to find links that truly pertained to my stinging dilemma. After spending an afternoon 'in search of,' I decided to build this site to help others who find themselves in a similar situation. Here are the links that helped me most.

Best Yellow Jacket Defense - My Favorite Anti Wasp Device

This is an electronic fly swatter (a.k.a. bug zapping tennis racket). It operates on two D cell batteries, and works on the same principle as the hanging bug zapper. The battery current is strong enough to render a yellow jacket into a dead or harmless state. It is simple to use. Put the batteries in, press the button, when the little light is on, you are ready to go. This thing is great when you are on the deck, patio, garden, or on a picnic.

The Right Racquet

The Most Important Thing

If you have a serious allergic reaction to bee, yellow jacket, wasp stings, call your doctor or seek immediate help.

The Dog Got Stung

Photo of my dog that was stung by his eye.  If this happens to your pet, take him to a vet.

Photo of my dog that was stung by his eye. If this happens to your pet, take him to a vet.

Special Note About Pet Stung By A Yellow Jacket

Is Your Pet Allergic To Bee, Wasp, Or Yellow Jacket Stings?

It is common for most people to think their pets are impervious to pain, allergies, or reactions to bug bites and stings due to their 'nature.' However, it is smart to be on the lookout for invading stinging bugs around your dog's outside areas.

Monitor your dog's drinking fountain, water bowl, food dish, and other items regularly, especially on hot dry days. Yellow jackets are attracted to sources of water and food especially when it is in the 80s-90s and hasn't rained.

Keeping the living space safe is important especially for those of us who keep flowers and plants on the deck. Patio living can be a risky business because water, plants, and flowers often attract bees, wasps, and yellow jackets.

If you notice your pet has been stung, look for signs of allergic reactions. A few years ago my spouse had to take our dog to the animal hospital due to a yellow jacket sting. After being stung, the dog came in the house and rolled around on the floor and rubbed his head on the towel. My spouse thought nothing of it until the dog started batting his head and his face started to swell. By the time he said he got the dog to the animal hospital, his head was as big as a football. From what the staff could tell, he snapped at a bee and it stung him in the mouth. He was allergic to the sting, and had we not got the dog to the hospital, he would have had respiratory problems. Dogs can be allergic to bee and wasp stings just like people.

Just recently, our dog got stung again. This time he was stung around his eye. We were praying that the poor fellow would not be blinded by this sting when we left the house. His eye was half swollen shut by the time we got him to the clinic The swelling hasn't gone completely down, but the vet on staff made sure he was taken care of immediately due to his history. We were told we did the right thing by bringing him as fast as we did, and we were sent home with instructions to keep an eye out for any further reactions.

If your dog is having allergic reactions to a bee, wasp, or yellow jacket sting, it is always best to get them to the vet as soon as possible. If you live too far from a vet to get your pet there within minutes or hours, call your local vet or animal clinic for instructions on what you can do to help your pet at home.

Working With Nature

Sliced Cucumber Repels Yellow Jackets photo by Tonie Cook

Sliced Cucumber Repels Yellow Jackets photo by Tonie Cook

Sliced Cucumber Repels Yellow Jackets

How To Keep The Yellow Jackets Away Naturally

If you find yourself in a place where the wand of death is inconvenient, and repellents and insecticides are less than desirable, you may find this information helpful.

My spouse and I were at a local restaurant dining on the patio when from out of nowhere, the yellow jackets began to converge on our table. The servers were batting them out of the way, and we were waving them like crazy to keep them from getting our food and stinging us. When the server left our table, we thought we were in trouble. Then he returned with a plate of cucumbers. He set the plate of sliced cucumbers on the deck rail beside us, and lo and behold, the yellow jackets stayed away. We learned that there was an element in the cucumbers that repelled the yellow jackets naturally.

We left the restaurant a little smarter and used this information for around the house. The yellow jackets go for the water in the plant trays on the deck. A plate of sliced cucumbers kept them at bay. Recently the yellow jackets were converging on the bird bath, annoying the birds trying to get a drink. I placed sliced cucumber around the bath, and the yellow jackets left the area.

Thank you for being here.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. If you survived the Yellow Jacket Experience, or if you have an old or new method of treating a yellow jacket sting, you are welcome to share your experience here to help others.

© 2008 Tonie Cook

Have you ever been stung?

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on September 11, 2013:

When I was a kid, we lived in a house that had a water faucet outside. I was playing in the yard close to that water faucet and a yellow jacket stung me and chased me into the house! But I don't remember having a bad reaction...my Mom just put a poultice of baking soda on it, and it was fine after that.

Pat Goltz on September 11, 2013:

Oh, one more thing. This should work with any sting or bite, but I know for sure it works with ant bites. If you have a tiny plant growing on the ground with little round leaves, and when you crush it, it has milky juice, pick some, crush it to release the juice, and use that as a poultice. It works very well. These are called "sand spurge" or "prostrate spurge" and they're members of the Euphorbia family. Euphorbias all have milky juice which is alkaline. All of this tells me that these stings are acid, and if you neutralize them with such juice or with baking soda, you will stop the chemical from causing pain or reactions.

Pat Goltz on September 11, 2013:

Then there was the time we called an exterminator to come take care of a nest in one of the decorations of our mobile home (a hollow pillar). He took care of them right away, with no trouble. And I said, "If you can't handle the critters, you don't belong in the desert." We still got an occasional wasp in the house, through a hole in the ceiling, and we finally stuffed something into the hole, and that was the end of that. And we've had three bee colonies move into the rafters of the house. I should mention that the bees here have been Africanized. We had exterminators come out and eliminate all three. It was a shame, but we can't take a chance. I got stung by ONE bee, and I had quite a reaction, especially compared to reactions in the past. After hundreds of kissing bug bites, I guess I became sensitive.

Pat Goltz on September 11, 2013:

I was going to suggest a baking soda poultice, but you beat me to it. One time I was out with a group and we were studying the herbs in the mountains when someone walked over the entrance to a yellow jacket nest (underground). They swarmed and some of us were stung. My older daughter was stung 7 times and went into shock. The herbalist got out a little jar of stuff he had made and put it on her, and she recovered immediately. I cut a prickly pear into slices and placed the inner surface of the slices on my stings. It took the pain right out, but I forgot to make them large enough to allow for spread of the venom, so I had a place in the center of each sting that was totally pain free with a ring of pain around it. LOL

nightbear lm on September 11, 2013:

Oh it is so important to be wise around stinging insects, for yourself and your pet. I love you included the part about dogs. They are not wise about these things, we are the humans. we need to protect both of us. congratulations on your purple star.

Kim Milai on September 10, 2013:

My husband just got stung by a yellow jacket, he never has a bad reaction to bee stings but this one was nasty and painful. This is good information. Thank you.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 10, 2013:

Yes, living in the Midwest I was stung more times than I can remember. Those bee and wasp stings hurt!

lionmom100 on July 12, 2013:

We have tons of these things around, and they are really aggressive I have never been stung, but I have been stung by another kind of wasp. Aside from getting a stinger out, if possible, we take an antihistamine as soon a possible to counteract the venom. Usually works.

norma-holt on December 31, 2012:

A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on November 15, 2012:

I have been stung by every kind of bee and wasp that lives in SE Louisiana. Thank God I'm not allergic. The last time I was stung by a yellow jacket I was squatting on the ground under some very tall pine trees working on a wooden pirogue in early spring. It was a very cool day, but I was wearing shorts and as I squatted there it felt like a pine needle was poking me in the back of my thigh. This happened a couple more times and so I looked to see where the pine needle was since swiping at it did no good. It wasn't a pine needle but a yellow jacket that was trying to make me go away I suppose. If it was not for the cool weather I would have had three or four pretty good stings. I'm only guessing that the coolness of the day kept it from giving me a good sting. I squashed it. I show no mercy to insects that want to bite or sting me even if it's my fault.


Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2012:

Yes when I was very young, not pleasant at all.

EbooksFreeWeekl1 on September 22, 2012:

I believe my brother did once. His method of treatment was retaliating and he went chasing, hunting and killing all the bees and wasps he could find that day. Not recommended. :)

Echo Phoenix on September 01, 2012:

Fortunately, not for a very long time now but I can recall as a child being stung quite often. I was outdoors all the time in those days, long summers spent climbing trees and hiding in honeysuckle bushes. The yellow jacket sting is the worst! love your lens:)

Senditondown from US on August 16, 2012:

Yes, by many. Not a nice day.

Doc_Holliday on August 16, 2012:

Nasty little critter !!

anonymous on August 15, 2012:

Thanks for sharing the cucumber natural repellent information. Good to know.

WinWriter on August 15, 2012:

I enjoyed reading your lens and some of your experiences made me cringe! I am scared to death of bees, wasps, yellow jackets - you name it. I had never heard of the cucumber tip before so thank you very much for that. *Blessed *

WinWriter on August 15, 2012:

I enjoyed reading your lens and some of your experiences made me cringe! I am scared to death of bees, wasps, yellow jackets - you name it. I had never heard of the cucumber tip before so thank you very much for that. *Blessed *

Mickie Gee on August 15, 2012:

I need to remember your tip about putting cucumbers out to repel those nasty stinging yellow jackets!

Lynda Makara from California on August 15, 2012:

I love that bug zapper racket. Never heard of it before, or the cucumbers, or the apis mel. I've only been stung once, by a wasp, and my arm was swollen and in pain for three weeks. Very useful information. Angel blessings.

anonymous on August 15, 2012:

It's awesome lens.

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on August 15, 2012:

@Swisstoons: I was stung by yellow jackets...but Apis works to neutralize the stings of bees, wasps, etc.

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on August 15, 2012:

Homeopathic Apis Mel (made from bees) will eliminate swelling, pain and redness virtually instantaneously, and even immunize you against future stings for a time. A few years ago, I had a job stocking outdoor newspaper racks. One morning, I opened one rack and was immediately stung on three fingers. I drove home and popped a couple of Apis pellets in the 6x potency (from my homeopathic first aid kid) under my tongue...and in less than 30 seconds, the pain disappeared, and well within five minutes it was as if I'd never been stung at all. A week later, I returned to the same rack with a can of bug killer. But as soon as I opened the rack door, I was against stung several times. This time, however, there was no pain, no swelling, no redness. My fingers felt as if they been tapped lightly. But that was all. The dose of Apis I'd taken a week earlier was still working.

mic604 on August 15, 2012:

Great lens...was stung in the shin by yellow jacket nesting underneath the storm door saddle. A little swelling, not much pain after the initial sting.

Slevara on August 15, 2012:

Thank you so much for the info! i loved the natural way to keep them away, and especially loved the Galaxy Quest reference. ;)

jlshernandez on August 15, 2012:

I had been stung by wasps but not by Yellow Jacket. There are a lot of these yellow and black bees in my garden this year and fortunately, they leave me alone.

LadyKeesh on August 15, 2012:

yes. and i was coming out my clothes outside.

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on August 15, 2012:

I had a bee sting, and that was bad enough. Very informative lens.

EMangl on August 15, 2012:

yes, but only by a bee - which made me find out that i am allergic

olmpal on August 15, 2012:

Yes, I have been stung several times. Once 6 of them stung me! it was my fault because I tried to destroy their nest without protection- it was under the roof of a cabin we had and went there not very often. I didn't know that sliced cucumber repels yellow jackets. I didn't even know that name-I'm not a native English speaker- I just knew them as wasps. Thanks for sharing!

esichrissa on July 31, 2012:

yes, more than once when i was a child(not by yellow jacket). Not a good experience for a child.

chft55 lm on July 19, 2012:

good to know about the cucumbers! I'm terrified of yellow jackets

anonymous on July 14, 2012:

Just an hour ago! Yellow jackets attached my dog first then me. I used pain relieving spray first aid antiseptic then smashed a couple benedry tabs with a little water to make a paste spread over the sting - decrease the swelling, pain, heat within minutes. Yea! Just little red spots now!

anonymous on July 14, 2012:

Coming home from vacation we had a nasty surprise. I went outside to enjoy the nice cool morning air with a cup of joe and a book, sat in the recliner, pulled out the foot rest and a few minutes later my German Sheppard started to violently snap and dance around, she stopped looked at me whimpered then it started again - I realized she was under attack from a flying menace. I rushed her into the house away from the beast attacking her to watch her paw at the left side of her head. I quickly examined her not knowing if she was allergic to stings and saw at least 3 spots where they (it?) attacked her. My amazement is this happened in a matter of seconds. I witnessed the swelling in her ear as she tried to paw away the pain. I promptly found the pain relieving spray first aide antiseptic (benzalkonium chloride and Pramoxine HCI) saturated a cotton ball and treated the stings. I wasnât taking any chances not knowing if she was allergic to the stings so from past experience years ago with a human friend that was stung by a bee on her neck and the site began to swell immediately; I made a paste from a Dyphenhydromine (like Benedryl) tablet smashed with a couple drops of water to make a paste to immediately cool the site, decrease the swelling and help decrease an allergic reaction. I also had my friend take one tablet just in case - since the swelling reaction was so quick and if we had to call 911, the paramedics were 15 minutes away!

Knowing that Dyphenhydromine is one item crucial in a human and dog first aid kit (recommended by my Veterinarian and my Doctor) I smashed one tablet with a little water made a paste and spread this on my dogâs ear. She still tilted her head and tried to shake off the hurt and her poor ear was a furnace! Knowing it takes a couple of minutes to really soothe the sting, I went back out on the deck to retrieve my book and my coffee - only to be the next victim. The little monsters were so quick, I couldnât tell if they were wasps or yellow jackets, theyâd hit and fly off! With 3+ hits on my left arm I dashed in the house to experience immediate burning, stinging and swelling. I repeated the paste on my stings and now my husband is in full exterminate mode! I watched from the screen door as they flew in and out of the bottom of the recliner as he dressed for the occasion â long pants, long sleeve shirt, socks, shoes, hat, gloves and glasses to cover all exposed skin to prepare for the onslaught; he found two cans of wasp spray, gently turned the recliner over to experience very angry and over-the-top aggressive yellow jackets now swarming him (Iâm amazed he was not stung even once!) The killing spree began as he sprayed the underside of the chair, then the springs, then the arm rest, they were still flying out of the chair! He figured it had to be a decent sized nest so he kept spraying to empty one can and start on the second can. As soon as the swarm died down (literally) he pulled apart the chair to find a softball sized nest filled with larvae. He spent the next hour killing the ones flying back to the nest â note - we didnât have a fly swatter so a straw broom was the next best thing. Iâm positive he REALLY enjoyed killing them by hand since they attacked his beloved girls!

anonymous on July 13, 2012:

OWW!! I was just stung, my 4 year old twins got the most though. My little boy just one on the thumb my daughter had 3 yellow jackets in her skort and the got her at least 3 times on the butt and a few on the leg. Poor baby girl, I feel like I have been beat by a bat, and my head will exp;ode I can imagine how she feels.

norma-holt on June 15, 2012:

Coming back to reread this lens reinforces the importance of it. It is now featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hint: Recently pest controllers told me about engine cleaner for killing wasps, they die instantly when sprayed. Possibly will work on these things as well, although I hate to kill bugs. Hugs

anonymous on May 16, 2012:

I was here a little over a year ago and am returning with some angel dust for this important information of what to do and not do after being stung by a yellow jacket. Prevention is best but occasional stings do happen.

anonymous on May 16, 2012:

i have never been stung (although i am scared to death of all bees), but my parent's dog actually died after being stung in his mouth. they didn't realize what had happened until it was too late. when my son was about 5, he was stung on the chin and lip. we put baking soda and meat tenderizer on the stings, and thank goodness, he was fine.

jdwheeler on April 30, 2012:

I have many times. It seems like it was at least once every summer here down south with our warmer temperatures. I remember my PawPaw putting snuff on them to ease the pain. Those were they days.

inspirationz on April 13, 2012:

ouch! I've just spent a while researching bee stings and wasp stings so it's useful to hear your input on yellow jackets in particular

flicker lm on March 18, 2012:

Yellow jackets sure can be aggressive! I was bitten a few years ago. Like you, it happened really fast. One yellow jacket bit me twice in succession on my hand. I was able to manage the swelling with ice and I used some herbal extract (might have been teatree oil, can't remember...) that kept it from getting infected. Thanks for the tip about cucumbers!

sousababy on March 17, 2012:

@sousababy: OMG, I forgot to mention: those who have these allergies should always have an EPI-PEN with them. I wonder if Amazon has it available (I was able to feature some diabetic supplies on one of my lenses). Here's a link: http://www.epipen.com/

Hope it helps!

sousababy on March 17, 2012:

Great advice - it's important if swelling is rapidly advancing and there is any systemic reaction (swelling of throat) to call an ambulance or go IMMEDIATELY to the ER (if close by). Anaphylaxis can be deadly, within minutes. If the windpipe is blocked, after 3 - 4 minutes our brain (deprived of oxygen) will have irreversible damage - or worse death.

Sorry to sound so dire - but calling an ambulance is the first step (if swelling is not localized - staying in the area where stung).

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on February 17, 2012:

I never knew about the cucumbers. Very interesting.

sutarat9 on January 25, 2012:

This is great article ! I simply loveâd this !

Johann The Dog from Northeast Georgia on December 31, 2011:

I was stung by a bee once on my nose! It didn't bother me, but Mum noticed a little tiny bump on my nose after coming in from outside. She went upstairs to fold laundry and came back down to check on me and my nose was as big as a golf ball! She monitored my air intake all night long, but I was fine! She keeps Benedryl on hand all the time now, just in case.

jadehorseshoe on December 23, 2011:

Yup. It hurts! Useful Lens!

Nancy Graham on November 09, 2011:

Oh, Yes! Earlier this fall out in my friend's back yard in New Hampshire. I was amazed at how badly it hurt and for how long. Like you, I found a nest in the ground. "My" yellow jacket got into my Teva sandle and stung me. I saw it as it flew away and it seemed as if it was black. Maybe it was a wasp. It hurt so badly that my leg went into spasms for hours after and the pain kept me awake at night. I finally went to the doctor and was given prednisone. I never want to encounter a wasp or Yellowjacket again.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 09, 2011:

Ouch, but on a more postivie note i stopped by because the SquidAngels are heading to New England and I had to find a "yellow" page! blessed

Jen from Canada on November 06, 2011:

I've never been stung by a yellow jacket, but I think when I'm outside and their present I will bring out the cucumbers. Good tip.

jlshernandez on November 06, 2011:

I have been stung by wasps in a field once because I was trying to take a short cut home from church. Thanks for the remedies and antidotes for yellow jacket stings. I will definitely keep these in mind. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

NorDac LM on September 17, 2011:

That's an awesome tips about the cucumbers, we used to battle yellow jackets all the time and never heard of that.

dahlia369 on September 06, 2011:

For any kind of stings I had success also treating them with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Nicely done lens & helpful resource. ***Angel blessed*** :)

Melissa from Albuquerque, NM on September 02, 2011:

My Dad was allergic to yellow jackets and we always kept some benadryl just in case he got stung.

This lens blessed by a Squid Angel.

gottaloveit2 on August 31, 2011:

I was just stung by a moon jellyfish in Key West last weekend. Thought I was dying (ok, that's a bit dramatic) but it hurt like he...heck. I think a yellow jacket sting is even worse. In my case, a few vodka tonics cured the sting (or I didn't remember I'd been stung...).

anonymous on August 27, 2011:

Got stung twice, and only twice, but I have a bit of a fear of yellow jackets - the way they fly around and hover freaks me out.

The first time was in my room, and I was maybe nine or ten. I was barefoot. I stepped on something and felt what I can only describe as a crunching-spasming, acidic, hot pain shoot through my foot and up my leg. I lift my foot, and there's a yellow jacket with its wing all crushed and one of its legs messed up from stepping on it. I had to convince my mom it was a wasp I stepped on by showing her the injury; she soon found the wasp and killed it.

The second time was just today, actually. I was walking with my siblings and my sister saw a yellow jacket on my shirt. I don't know what made it mad enough to sting, but it got me - and this time, it wasn't as painful a sting, maybe because it was on my arm, into a thicker area of skin. I panicked and my sister had to kill it to get it off, because it had actually clamped onto the fabric of my shirt with its mandibles and was starting to "stitch". What I mean by "stitch" is that, since yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps don't have barbed stingers like bees do, they can repeatedly sting you. It was doing that, but into a the fabric of my shirt, which I was holding away from my skin so my sister could get at it. The pain occurred only after the sting, so I guess it didn't inject me with very much venom, and a paste of baking soda fixed it. The sting still itches, though, and if you press it the area's a bit bruised-feeling.

Johanna Eisler on August 24, 2011:

It's actually a short story, but it may help others get stung a LOT less often:

When I was a very little girl, my daddy told me that if a yellowjacket (or bee) landed on me, I was to immediately pretend that I was a statue. With absolute faith in my daddy's wisdom, I froze into position every time one landed on me. And I NEVER got stung. It took tremendous self-control, but I never moved while they crawled around on me - sometimes it tickled, sometimes I couldn't feel a thing.

This is very good advice. I didn't get stung until I was 40 years old. And it wasn't daddy's fault, either. I slid into the driver's seat of my car one summer evening and SAT on a yellowjacket. I got stung. And I absolutely cannot blame the yellowjacket, either. LOL!

This is so serious, especially for folks with allergies and who may go into anaphylactic shock. We are familiar with this, not because of insect bites, but because my husband has a serious sulfite sensitivity which can cause the same reaction. Thank you for this very important lens.

anonymous on August 21, 2011:

i was stung by a yellow jacket 4 times and it kills!!!!!!!!

Jeanette from Australia on August 14, 2011:

Just returning to add a little angel blessing and to let you know that this lens has been added to my animal alphabet lens.

anonymous on August 12, 2011:

I was attacted and stung many times on my feet & ankles, while mowing. The pain was excruciating well into the next day, both feet were very swollen & sore for 3 days. two weeks later I was bit by a fireant, and within 30 minutes my hand started to swell, by the next day it was swollon so bad I could not make a fist. Does anyone know if this is a lasting result of yellow jackets stings ? I have been bit many times by fireants and have not had any swelling. please email me -terrylensign@gmail.com

anonymous on July 06, 2011:

If you find a nest in the ground, the only thing that I have found effective is to wait till the evening when the sun goes down so that the majority are in the nest and pour 1 cup of gasoline in the nest kills them all and the rest never go back in the nest. Have been doing this for years and it works great.

KANEsUgAr on July 03, 2011:

I was stung on my tongue be a yellow jacket, when I was a toddler.

myneverboredhands on June 02, 2011:

Great tips and information, thanks for sharing.

I was stung by the wasp/yellow jacket long-long ago, when I was a little girl and all I remember is that that was very painful experience. But I know since that time that first you have to do is to get the stinger out! Some people use cube of sugar to remove it (it help to stinger come up to surface)...Then put a cotton ball with ammonia on the sting. It should prevent redness and itching, if done quickly. But always need to remember what works on one person not necessary will work on other... we all are very different and our bodies can respond on the same remedy absolutely differently.

anonymous on May 17, 2011:

I got stung by a bloody Yellow Jacket last year, in the same spot--just above my wrist. It was quite painful for a day or so, then continued to itch for (as best I can remember) a week. They had a nest under my pine straw. I sprayed it but didn't get them all; I was too cowardly to expose the nest to do it properly.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on April 01, 2011:

Very useful lens. Blessed

JenniferAkers LM on March 30, 2011:

I've been noticing Yellow Jackets around our garden too. Thanks for sharing your story and all the helpful tips. I really liked the cucumber 'repellent' idea.

anonymous on March 30, 2011:

Oh, I forgot about that tobacco solution you mentioned. When, I was little we kids would often go visit Isaac and he was a tobacco chewer who would spit on a sting with his wad. Another solution that he had was that if someone had a cut, he would have the dog lick it. We tried not to get hurt when we visited Isaac but we cooperated with his treatments.

anonymous on March 30, 2011:

My brother in law was stung on his tongue a few years ago, the yellow jacket had gotten into his beer can and when he took a drink, he got stung. My sister gave him an antihistamine and had him out ice in his mouth before a trip to the emergency room. I love the cucumber trick and that you alert us to be aware that our pets can also have complications from a sting.

anonymous on March 28, 2011:

Enjoyable Squidoo. Really love reading other thoughts abroad. Chris

Jeanette from Australia on March 20, 2011:

I've never been stung bu a wasp but thanks for this great information. I may need it one day ....

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on March 17, 2011:

I've stepped on all sorts of honeybees and been stung by wasps over the years. Guess outdoor people/gardeners can expect it. Thanks for the helpful tips for dealing with it.

Happy St Patrick's Day blessing on this lens (and added to The Best Insect Web Pages on Squidoo).

clouda9 lm on January 22, 2011:

My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

Kathy McGraw from California on December 02, 2010:

I felt your pain remembering a bad sting I got once. I had set my arm on something, and apparently on a yellow jacket. I didn't know until then I am allergic to them, and my whole arm swelled. Wish I had read something like this then. Thanks for a great educational article.

RickBasset on November 12, 2010:

I had an "accidental" stinging too! I was walking through a parking lot while wearing sandals on a hot Summer day when I thought I stepped on a piece of glass! It was a wasp that got in between my foot and sandal. Luckily I didn't have an allergic reaction, but man did it hurt!

Coffeebreak9am on November 08, 2010:

Very informative information. Thank you lots!

Cynthia Arre from Quezon City on November 07, 2010:

Never been stung *shudders* but thanks for sharing your horrifying experience so candidly. Great tips and information on here. ~Blessed~

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on November 05, 2010:

Cool lens...I'm afraid I've been there....OUCH! ha!

puzzlerpaige on November 03, 2010:

Reading your story reminded me of a sting of my own, and I literally got a tingly chill up my spine remembering it. One got caught in my pants leg and stung me around my ankle. It took me a while to realize I'd been stung. Hurt terribly bad. Great info here. I had heard about the tobacco from a friend.

Twmarsh on November 03, 2010:

A few years ago I was driving and a yellow jacket flew in my window and got lodged between my back and my car seat and it stung me twice before I could pull over. Not fun at all!

norma-holt on November 01, 2010:

I kept bees for a few years and was stung a few times. I would scrape the stinger out with my nail and always felt really good for a few days afterwards. You say bees and yellowjackets but is there a difference. We have European wasps in Australia and they are killers. Great lens and thanks for sharing. I am featuring this on Pets Health

Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on October 18, 2010:

Hate those y jackets! but like you lens with its good info. Thumbs up!

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 17, 2010:

I get the chills reading this. When I was a kid (early teens), I stepped on a yellow jackets' nest while running the woods at summer camp. I was immediately surrounded by a cloud of them, stung hundreds of times. Thank goodness I wasn't allergic! It was quite an ordeal, though, and I still vividly remember the pain, during and after, and then the itching the second week or so.

MargoPArrowsmith on October 17, 2010:

Great information. Thumbs up!

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on October 15, 2010:

Sorry to hear about your yellow jacket experience. I was stung by a bumble bee when I was little but I've never been stung by yellow jackets. I remember it hurt. When I think of stings, I usually, think of bees and not yellow jackets. I'll certainly be more careful around them. Thanks for sharing your tips and remedies. I'll remember to put a plate of cucumbers out when we are eating outside. :)

Tonie Cook (author) from USA on October 12, 2010:

@mythphile: You are soooo lucky you didn't have a serious reaction from that! OMG! My dog's head blew up like a football for snapping at one of those things.

Tonie Cook (author) from USA on October 12, 2010:

@drifter0658 lm: Hello Drifter, - Thank you so much for the angel blessing. . . .Especially in this hive. Those horrible yellow jackets - It never occurred to me that being on the road - exposed on a motorcycle could be so dangerous. I can only imagine what you went through! In all honesty, after my sting experience, the whole yellow jacket thing has put me on the defensive. A few years ago the hub was taking me home from the grocery store when all of a sudden a yellow jacket came through his jeep window, and came right toward my head. It would not just go away - it kept coming after me. As I jumped out of the moving vehicle in the parking lot like a Hollywood stunt man, my spouse was agape at what I'd done, but realized I meant business about wanting no part of the bees.

Tonie Cook (author) from USA on October 12, 2010:

@clouda9 lm: Yellow Jackets are by far the most aggressive bee/wasp I've ever encountered. You can be minding your own business and they will come after you without provocation. I can walk around any other type of bee, and they pretty much mind their own business. For the most part, yellow jackets will get in your face. I am glad you are ok from your encounter, too.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on October 12, 2010:

Sorry to hear about our ordeal. I'm glad you are fine now. Thanks for sharing this story. I too have been stung by these nasty yellow jackets. I think I might be allergic because I swell up and the area around the bite turns red and spreads. I learned so much.

clouda9 lm on October 07, 2010:

Geez Louise, erm Charlino what a tale! I'm sure glad that you are okay. My most embarrassing yellow jacket attack is when we lived in town, off a very busy street. I went to get the ball I tossed for our dog outta the lilac bush...when I was swarmed by more than a dozen yellow jackets...man are they aggressive. Well as I was running away, they followed and started stinging me under my t-shirt - off came the tee right in the front yard, as I danced around like a nut on crack! I'm sure anyone seeing the site could not see the yellow jackets...worst part, I'd gone sans bra for the day...oh my!

KarenTBTEN on October 06, 2010:

I don't know what kind of bee stung me when I was little. It left a small scar that stayed for more than half a dozen years before fading. I actually react worse to some kinds of ants -- itching, swelling, sickness -- than to whatever it was I was stung by once or twice as a child. There is a lot of useful information here, though. I like that you added the part about taking care of the dog. SquidAngel blessings.

Ellen Brundige from California on October 06, 2010:

Eeeee. I don't have any wisdom, but my earliest memory involves a yellow jacket sting, about 10 seconds after my mother said, "Don't put that in your mouth!"

I think I was 3. Oops.

Much sucking on ice cubes, as I recall.

drifter0658 lm on October 06, 2010:

I have "stung" stories out the wazoo, and most of them happened when I was on my motorcycle traveling faster than 30 mph. There was the time that I had a bumblebee get in my jacket. He stung me once and by the time I got the bike pulled over and began taking the jacket off, he got me again. I don't think that bee believed that I really was trying to help us both out, because once he got out and started to buzz off, he came back and zapped me in the temple.

All this flailing, cussing, jacket swinging, and stinging took place across the road from a Primitive Baptist church whose services were just letting out.

I am positive it looked like I had been possessed...

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Tonie Cook (author) from USA on September 30, 2010:

@Bellezza-Decor: Thank you for the great additional advice. This is a good thing to know because I always have vinegar around the house.

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on September 30, 2010:

Never happened to me, thank goodness.

I'm giving this lens an Angel blessing and will feature it on my SquidAngel At Your Service lens.

Bellezza-Decor from Canada on September 30, 2010:

I have been stung a couple of times. The best thing to do is pour some vinegar onto a paper towel or clothe and apply it gently to the area for a couple of minutes. This immediately takes away the pain for good. Vinegar is good for all insect bites.

RebeccaE on September 28, 2010:

I did get a yellow jacket sting, and yes you described it to a t. I didn't hear of cumcumbers preventing yellow jackets, but it is worth a try to will help the kids eat their veggies if they are out (so two birds with one stone) Great advice on pets and their care around insects like these.

anonymous on September 27, 2010:

I was recently stung on my back right below my shoulder blade when I disturbed an unknown group of yellowjackets that were making a home of the door frame.. I had let the screen door slam a few times while I was bringing in the grocerys.. well, this apparently ticked them off.. luckily for me there were only 3 yellowjackets, they were apparently just beginning.. I had no idea it was even there so out the door I went.. When I felt the sharpest stab to my back I have ever felt.. I screamed out loud before I even realized what had happened.. my dog came over and was jumping up and down as I danced around the carport screaming.. I never ever saw the sucker, but on inspection of the door .. there I saw the nest hanging from the door frame.. so in the house I went, I grabbed the bottle of hornet/wasp killer and commenced to seek revenge! It has been almost 2 weeks and I still have a spot on my back that looks like a pit, it scabs over then I scratch it off.... I hate yellow jackets~

missbat on September 25, 2010:

I've never been stung by a Yellow Jacket, and hope never to be!

VBright on September 25, 2010:

Yes, I have and it weren't pretty! :)

I am allergic to stings so I steer clear of them. That bug zapper is a great idea that I'd never seen before.

anonymous on September 13, 2010:

Last summer about this time of the year, My husband and I went out for a country ride.. we had been stopped as they had been resurfacing the road we were driving on. The construction worker explained the other site will be meeting up and this side can go in about 5 minutes.. While waiting there was a sharp pain on my shoulder and then felt a sting. A few moments later another and so i shook my jacket by lifting it up at the shoulder and then another sting a few inches down.. at this time the construction worker explained you're free to go... I was holding my composure while riding on a motorcycle while this yellow jacket was inside my jacket! Needless to say I was pretty much not going anywhere the next day..lol

Speaking of stings.. i got stung yesterday about an inch up my knee and its all swollen and red..

There is not sign of a stinger except the sting in my leg. Ouch!!!! The yellow jackets are brutal this time of year. Needless to say I am waiting for winter to arrive.. lol