Monday, July 21, 2014
Bugs and more bugs--YOW
She hates yellow jackets, their weird legs dangling down as they slowly buzz you looking for a fun place to sink their red-hot stinger.
We paid some dudes $200 to remove a bee clump the size of a TV out of our tree. That was just a couple of weeks ago.
Which bugs hurt the worst? Sumath Reddy, WSJ, July 15, 2014, says 4% of people are allergic to insect venom--even a bee sting can cause hives or even fatal shock.
You may be fine the first few times you get stung, then, BAM, you get a reaction.
Yellow jackets come around in the late summer and fall, cruising trash cans like irritable juvenile delinquents. Bees can only sting once--jackets are mean and lay into you over and over.
Wasps...hornets...fire ants. Some other charmers.
We have fire ants out here--get some dry stuff called Amdro and scatter it around--they carry it back to the nest...and well, it's sad.
If you know you are allergic, get an epinephrine pen. Sometimes shots can be given in a series--say if you are an allergic beekeeper.
You might also want to ditch the deodorant and perfume--they love sweet smells.
Many people, the article said, get stung on the lips or mouth--the yellow jacket may have crawled into a soda bottle.
If you do get nailed, put ice on it. My mother also recommended baking soda mixed with water to form a paste.