Attacked by Wasps

Volume 8, Issue 111; 21 Aug 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Seven reasons to call an exterminator. [Update 22 Aug 2005: not that it'll help. Update 24 Aug 2005: or maybe it will.]

Sticks and stones may break your bones when there's anger to impart. Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.

[22 Aug: I saved one of the little buggers that stung me and the exterminator tells me that the wasps I was attacked by don't live underground. And no nest is in evidence. “Stay alert” and call him if I find the nest, that was his advice. How long can I avoid mowing the lawn? That's what I want to know.]

[24 Aug: Don't live underground? I beg to differ. And please pass me the scotch and the anesthetic spray again.

Unfortunately the picture of them swarming the lawn mower didn't come out. And, lucky for my ego, there were no pictures of me running across the back yard swatting myself. Not entirely successfully as you may have guessed.]

My experience suggests that if you leave the biting, stinging things alone, they'll leave you alone. So when I mowed the lawn just before going on vacation and got stung by a couple of wasps, I figured I drove my lawn mower over their nest, they were entitled to be a little grumpy. Besides which, I was way off in the far corner of the yard and if the wasps wanted that corner, they could have it.

This afternoon, Ralphie wanted to irrigate one of the pine trees, so we went strolling into the back yard.

I can only imagine that there's another burrow somewhere near the middle of the yard because the little buggers got me seven times, once on the face, before I could dash into the house, dragging pour Ralphie behind me, and crush the little bastards.

I have not been so aggressively attacked by wasps since I kicked over a nest when I was about seven (but that's a whole different story).

The back yard is mine. I'm willing to share, but at this point, I think one of us is going to have to go.

It ain't gonna be me. Now, if you'll pardon me, there's a scotch and some anesthetic spray with my name on it waiting in the other room.


Well, I often avoid mowing the yard until I can either cut, bale and sell hay or the wife points out that it's much to long for a suburban lot. :)

A landscaper tells me that you should more than a third of it in a pass, so if it gets too long you may need to mow on high, wait a day or two, mow on medium, wait and then finish it. Depending, of course, on the length you want it to be.

Good luck.

—Posted by Derek Dees on 23 Aug 2005 @ 07:19 UTC #

I have read several comments about these ground wasps but can't find a way to get rid of them!!!! I spray wasp and hornet spray and they just fly through it. I sprayed a whole can of spray in their nest (on my lawn) and they just kept on going!!! Can someone please tell me how to rid our lawn of these stinging annoying pests!!!

—Posted by Patrice Titus on 06 Sep 2005 @ 11:06 UTC #

I have the same problem. I have a 4 foot square patch in my back yard, that yellowjackets have decided is no longer now. I have tried to put gas down the nest, & spay of all kinds. I'm tired of being stung everytime I mow. There has to be a way to rid this pest for good........

—Posted by Paul Worden on 30 Aug 2006 @ 02:53 UTC #

For what it's worth, a local exterminator was able to kill them off with the application of some putatively not too toxic compound.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 30 Aug 2006 @ 12:16 UTC #