So Sick Of All The Wasps!
Since a wildfire 3 years ago, Wasp populations are booming, my friend said it´s because they like to build nests where it's hot and sunny, and since so many trees were burned, there is much less shade for them all around my place. I don´t know if that's a fact or not, but there are certainly more and more each year, this summer they are like a plague and I have been stung 4 times in 3 weeks.
I´m not the kind of person who runs around flailing my arms and screaming when I see a flying insect that could bite me, the most I usually manage is a bit of a wave of the hand when something comes close and is annoying, but I am being stung despite that, and I´m not even aware there´s a wasp on me most of the time until I feel that burning sensation that accompanies a sting.
Yesterday I was stung while putting the shopping away in my kitchen. I didn´t even know there was a wasp in there, but it either stung me through my clothes (just down from my armpit) or flew up my T-shirt and became trapped and angry.
I have found out purely by chance that the best way to deal with a wasp sting is to wash the area straight away with lots of cold water, it seems to flush out the toxins. But because I didn´t know if the wasp was inside my clothes I had to be careful taking them off otherwise it would have stung me repetedly . Trying to get a T-shirt and bra off with one hand isn´t easy and the delay meant I was not able to wash the area for a few minutes and this allowed the toxin to take a hold.
I can feel and see there´s a big swollen, red area around the sting site this morning and it´s making my arm ache a bit.
The wasps are also becoming a problem down by the swimming pool and each time I go down there are tons of them floating on the surface drowned or clogging up the filter baskets. Even this mass drowning doesn´t seem to be solving the problem and the buggers just keep coming.
I´m not one for killing things unnecessarily, even things that give me a nasty bite, but this is becoming ridiculous and I need to do something about it. Does anyone have any suggestions please? Before someone gets stung who is severely allergic.
Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/wasp-german-wasp-vespula-germanica-538471/ by skeeze