Red Wasps and Yellow Jackets
I honestly can't claim to remember exactly when I first realized how much I hated red wasps and yellow jackets, but I can assure you that you can well guess the how I learned to hate them. When it is all said and done, I'm very similar to you, and we are all very close to being the same - we all learned to hate the wasps and hornets for the same reason - one of them stung us.
I can't tell you exactly how bad it hurts to be stung by a wasp, and most especially - the red wasps, but I can tell you that I've been hit by 120 volts, 240 volts, and 460 volts of electricity, and none of that hurts anywhere nearly as bad as being stung by a red wasp does. Yes - the electricity and the many times I've been bitten by voltage, amperage, and ohms - that stuff all put me vastly closer to death than does a red wasp sting, but I can assure you without the slightest reservation that it does not hurt anywhere nearly as bad or for as long a time as does being stung by a wasp.
The Red Wasp - This Is the Exact Devil I hate.
A couple years ago I was in the Dallas area running an air conditioning repair call - service work, and the call concerned how a roofing contractor's crew had damaged the air conditioning. I was searching for the refrigerant leak by listening - you could hear the gas leaking out, and I ran my hand up through the vinyl siding where the large copper pipe went into the wall - before I even knew it I was cursing loudly in front of my Lady customer, and I was on the other side of her yard from the air conditioner. The Lady and her husband both commented that they'd never seen anyone move so fast in their entire lives - and they quickly went inside their home to get me some liquid Benedryl.
Red wasps and yellow jacket hornets all like to build their homes or nests inside little out of site crevices or holes when possible, but they also will build them right out in plain site, but the ones where they are hidden behind some vinyl siding - those will get you every time! Also, Benedryl is exactly the perfect thing to take if you or someone you know has been stung and is allergic to the monstrous poison those satan spawn bugs inject into a human.
Yellow Jacket Wasp
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Yellow Jacket Wasps
Another occasion years ago I was on top of the roof of the Davy Crockett building of the Dallas Public Schools. One of the air conditioners was down, and so I swung open the door to the breaker panel and soon found myself in a great deal of pain. I'd been stung by several yellow jacket wasps, and decided then and there that because I had no wasp killing spray in my service truck - that I'd not do anything more until I went to a supply house to buy some. I couldn't safely do anything more anyway - but while I was at the supply house buying my wasp killer a peculiar thing was said. The man behind the counter, an old friend named Butch, the man told me this:
I can't let you leave. You can't leave. I've got to take you to Baylor Hospital.
I'd been stung behind my left ear, and my old friend Butch said that since I'd been in his store he'd watched the back of my head swell at an alarming rate. So of course I let him drive me to the hospital, and there I got some shots of this and that, and I do very much appreciate a sales person behind a counter going out of his way to see to the health of his customer!
The Wasps Nest
Removing A Wasp's Nest
These paper wasps nests, i.e., red wasps or yellow jackets have been an ever present part of my life here in North East Texas, and they most often wind up being built under the eaves of a house just above the head of an adult, and this is far too close for anyone's comfort. There is never a good reason for anyone with children or elderly persons around to tolerate a wasp's nest. The best thing to do is to remove the thing straight away, and the best efforts at wasp nest removal always end in the death of all the wasps on the nest. Get that PETA humane garbage out of your minds here - people can die from the stings of these things, and it is generally a very unpleasant surprise to find yourself in just such a bad position - being stung by wasps.
There is nothing better on the planet than the exact product created for this job - wasp and hornet spray always does the trick, and typically sprays a nice strong current of chemical at very good distances and very accurately - and this nearly always destroys all the wasps on the nest, and should some have been out and about plotting death and destruction or at least extreme pain upon humanity - then when they return to a wasp nest sprayed by hornet spray, they will inevitably find the thing no longer habitable, and hopefully, those too will die of pure anguish.
Wasp and hornet spray, alas, is a very powerful chemical that couldn't possibly be good for anyone to get on them, or breath, or even be around - so what other sorts of things could be used?
Growing up my very wise Mother always would get some very hot water and mix some dish washing soap into it in a little bucket sized thing - this is where I would come in - I'd take the bucket of hot soapy water and hurl it upwards at the wasp nest. Were I to make a good show of the whole deal, i.e., effectively splash the wasp's nest with the hot and soapy water, then that would always kill the wasps. Sadly, hurling buckets of hot and soapy water isn't a tactic that is typically as highly successful a venture as is using the wasp and hornet spray.
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Polistes - Wasps
There are over three hundred species of wasps in this world, and they are thought to be beneficial for one reason - they eat lots of caterpillars No, I'm not sure what kind of butterfly hating individual would think that way, but I'd imagine there is a reason somewhere. Facts are this - I don't care. I advocate the killing of wasps at every turn. Better to kill the wasps and not get stung than to not kill them and suffer the extreme pain from their stings.
These bugs are often called paper wasps due to their almost cool ability to gather deadwood fiber and plant stems, mix it with their own saliva, and build their water resistant paper nests.Some sort of instinctual problem leads these creatures to forever build their nests on or near human habitation. Ayn Rand would certainly call them moochers.
According to Michael Sheehan a well known bug studying sort of fella, paper wasps have facial recognition capabilities equal to that of humans. No, they don't remember OUR faces - but can tell the exact difference in who is who in their wasps world. I very much like this as I want them to recognize their dead wasp loved ones after I've sprayed their nests. Are you sensing a theme here? I hope so. You might well say live and let live, but once stung you'll be twice shy. No, live and let die does not suffice - I say KILL THEM ALL.