Thanks for your comment. Wasp 101. And I cannot even get groceries until dusk - they lurk at my car. Well I wish all of you luck and hope this may help some of you. I do try to stay still and typically they don't bother me, unless they just fly around me like a predator surrounding its pray before striking. People need to stop giving so much credit to one species. The waiting game can be a bit safer, however, if you hoping for the wasps to die off from the cold,  think again. Lately every time I go to the outdoor faucet to get water, there is the same wasp there, keeping me from using the faucet. they can sneek in quickly and be furious when you try to wash them down unsuspectingly. I couldn't get the things off the screen for 1/2 hour - I told my poor dogs - pee on the kitchen floor if you can't hold it cause these monsters want to get in here with us. He went anyway. He kept banging on window and I finally snapped out of it and said ,"get in quick." Then he says," I was wondering why you were all frozen and then walked away with your eyes just about bugging out of your head- pale as a sheet, you looked like a bloody zombie walking to your truck. As much as I can see they have a place and a right to life I’d rather just talk to my bees and hoverflies. One came into my bed and touched my leg. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 09, 2012: Nice and useful comment Jman, thanks for sharing :). The earth will always move on after losing species. (I'm allergic to mosquito bites too) . I wonder how many people who've posted in the comments have O blood? and now so far all day today, they are hovering outside my window. You would be wrong in thinking that they sting because they are pure evil and super aggressive and it is the only purpose of wasps. I would leave them alone if they really did only sting in genuine self-defence, but they don't, they sting because they have a brain the size of a pinhead and act purely on instinct. They're nosy, intrusive, and then when you understandably try to wave them away so they're not all "up in your space", they turn aggressive and angrily buzz around you and/or try to sting. At the end of the year, all except the queen die. It's not just wasps (although I hate them the most), mosquitos, flies and even dragonflies seem to want to fly up my nose and in my ears. I've often had them stuck in my hair. It doesn’t follow, however, that the rest of the nest will appear and sting you to bits, usuallyone sting is enough. When a wasp stings a person, they do so because they fear that they are in danger. I’ve been researching them a little and of course now it seems obvious they play a role in helping nature and I have absolutely no right to stop them. Not many of us are overly fond of wasps, especially the unlucky few who have been stung in the past and see these "pests" as vindictive, spiteful, venomous tormentors, apparently dead set on making our lives a misery and forcing us back to the dark realms of "Indoor Land". My windows closed but they manage to get in from above? when i was little my dad was and still is alergic to bees. I have arachnophobia too, but got it under control by using methods I explain in the following hub: https://hubpages.com/health/Scared-of-Spiders... One more thing, when i said good terms with wasps i meant it, i was five years old and they let me carry their nest, i didn't get one sting. Wasps are most active in the warm summer months. Ally’s?) I have no idea if they can hear him but it seems to work for him. Much later I found the broken spheres. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 15, 2012: Thanks for commenting Kae-cee, nice to know you haven't been stung due to the 'freezing' method. I don't know what provoked the sting... Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 07, 2012: Hi St. I was wearing a short sleeve shirt, and it started to crawl up and down my arm. If you have all been stung it is likely there is a nest very close by, in which case you might want to consider getting it removed to avoid future stings. I find them naturally aggressive for no reason. This massive abdominal rupture is what kills the bee. I've now become a prisoner in my own home the last few summers because I was diagnosed with a blood-clotting disorder related to Lupus. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 22, 2011: It possibly stung you because it was already being forced into 'self defence' mode because your Dad was swatting at it. I originally was doing research on why yellowjackets are attracted to me, even though I don't wear perfume or scented products. 3 Answers. They are not useful what so ever unlike bees. I was only stung once when I was little and it was not bad at all. We’ve seen customers trying to kill yellow jackets with gasoline or drown them with a garden hose, which is dangerous due to their aggressive nature. I forgot to mention that I attract these critters to me even when I don't move or run. I kept shaking and shaking my finger until it left. Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on May 20, 2012: I am not an expert on wasps, but if the weather was cooling down they may have been becoming less active, but honestly that would be a guess on my part. Keep soft drinks and canned beverages covered up if you have a wasp problem, as these are enticing potential food sources. It then flew away (rather swiftly). Who can blame a wasp for stinging a person who is running round like a crazy person and flaying all their limbs around wildly in the vicinity of the wasp in question! This is bogus. So, yeah, I do not like or trust wasps. Wasps help to control a host of insect pests in their hunt for food to nourish their hungry grubs back at the nest. If you have wasps chase you, it can become a vicious cycle as your movement increases and the wasp becomes more convinced that you are a threat. Lunatic, you really did manage to make me laugh at the same time as I truly sympathised with your predicament. I've only been stung once, and that was as a kid. So I have always wondered if they can sense fear - that day was one of my top 2 most frightening encounters. aloe vera and/or honey are better, my mom put fresh aloe vera from our plant and it soothed the stinging sensation within a minute, and the mark and swelling disappeared within an our. To catch a fly on the wall slowly move your hand near the back side of it and in and upward swoosh of your hand over the fly you can catch it and let it loose or your choice slam it on the ground to daze it and then the shoe works just fine. LIES!!! DIY sprays and over the counter solutions are not. At the time it hurt, I cried, and my young male playmate killed the offending wasp, before returning me to my Mum for cuddles, ointments and reassurance. Understanding the reasons why wasps chase you can help you to keep a clear head and avoid getting stung. When a bee stings another insect it just punches a hole in the insect's hard exoskeleton and has no difficulty withdrawing the sting through the hole it has produced. Even though those wasps are no match for my turtles, they are, excuse my language (again), fucking assholes that will ruin your life and attempting to sting you, even if you aren't harming them at all. well now you have found to your answer on why do bees die after they sting. ‘Wasps can’t handle their booze, so they get tanked-up and fighty – like lager louts.’ Starving wasps will do anything to target jam sandwiches, fruit and pints of beer. My mom picked it up with a towel and then walked downstairs and flushed it. Dad does most of the wasp killing, especially since I have poor aim with wasp spray. Wasps are actually pretty amazing little creatures if you make the effort to find out more about them. In those situations I have NEVER been stung (oddly enough). I even tried to give myself that beekeeper look by going all white. But that didn't start till after I had my daughter, like something hormonally was now different that attracts those to me. 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