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Old 01-26-2014, 09:19 PM   #1
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Yellow Jacket/Wasp warning

Another thread got me thinking and I remembered a situation that is a bit different that could help out another RVer. So I post this for information.....

We all know they build nests on our RVs while they are parked, and we look out for them in the exhausts of water heaters, refrigerators, and furnace vents. Even putting screen covers on them to keep them out. This is different and a bit more dangerous - especially since allergic reactions are more sever getting stung where I am about to tell.

If you ever see Yellow Jackets, Wasps, or any other stinging flying insect while camping, especially around the table where food and drinks are, pour your drink into a cup or a clear vessel to drink from. They are attracted to sugary drinks and a 5 year old had one get into her Cola can. She sustained a nasty sting to her lip, but it could have been worse if she had allergic reactions or had it sting her deeper in her mouth (ie: throat swelling shut). Look into cups and clear vessels before drinking. Straws must be the small ones because they can fit inside the bigger ones.

I know, something else to worry about, but I look before drinking now.

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Old 01-27-2014, 08:39 AM   #2
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Good advice Bob! I hadn't thought about that!

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Old 01-27-2014, 08:40 AM   #3
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I can vouch that they can sting inside you as well as outside Several years ago I was playing golf and drinking my beverage from a green glass bottle and you guessed it… halfway through the bottle I gulped another drink and surprisingly I felt something solid in my mouth as I swallowed and then BAM! A blasted bee stung me in the back of the throat as I swallowed!! Fortunately, I'm not allergic but it hurt like the dickens for the next hour or so and caused a serious string of bogey's

Seriously, I was really concerned about my throat swelling shut. I was lucky that one of our foursome was a physician… even if he was an infectious disease specialist

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Here is another one: Open your power pedestal cover carefully. Wasps will build a nest there as it is protected for the elements.

They really object when you open the cover fast. (Don't ask how I know.)
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I had my first run in with yellow jackets several years ago when I was pounding metal fence posts around our just bought home. I learned real quick they don't like that,, they don't hover around and think about stinging you, they hit you like a brick.. After getting stung 7 times that day, I went out early the next morning, found two nests in the ground, and burned them out. Now,, agreeing with the OP, I am much more careful camping.... Monkey
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:08 AM   #7
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People have died from being stung inside the throat.

Keep in mind that wasps won't fly into diet drinks. They're not attracted to artificial sweeteners.
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They sell wasp traps. One is a clear type container you can hang from a tree like a bird feeder. Uses a mixure of sugar, water and colored dye. It will collect and kill the buggers like crazy.

I have had to resort to that at our home base CG location. For what ever reason my RV always seemed to be like a magnet for them. Also my boat area. Many years ago, I had one get inside my shirt and sting me multiple times.

Now, I say head them off at the pass before they are a bigger nuisance. Jim
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Why buy a hornet trap when one can make their own? DIY Yellow Jacket Bottle Trap

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