An unwanted guest in my room

 

The little visitor we had in our garden a while back didn’t bother me too much… even though it is a threat to our ecosystem.

This little guest however, is starting to build his nest right on my window, I’m not too sure I’m too happy with that!

 

Yellow wasp

 

Seeing these ‘yellow wasps’ flying around most of the time doesn’t bother me that much, but having a whole family co-sharing my bedroom is a complete other story… For the past two days, before I realized it was building a nest, it zoomed past my ears every time I opened my curtains.

Needless to say, this time, I didn’t fret too much to dislodge it from it’s comfy nesting. I’ve had my fair share of these wasp’s stings in my life and I plan not to have any more if I can help it!

 

Have you ever been stung by a yellow wasp? What strategies do you put in place to avoid being stung? Share with us in the comments below.

 

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9 comments

  1. To avoid being stung by a yellow wasp, you must practice karate. But, beware, most of these wasps have black belts.
    If this does not work, make pipi on the boubou.

    1. Ha! Ha! Roger, I’m ROTFLOL!! I’m afraid my Karate is not that good enough yet to deal with yellow wasps!

      And as for ‘pipi on the boubou’, it did help me a lot when I was younger with the family while on a ‘goyave de chine’ gathering expedition where I had the brilliant idea to step on a big nest. We didn’t have any of the other remedies Eric mentions below and the ‘pipi’, gross as it sounds, did help soothe the ‘boubou’!

  2. Those wasps do have a useful role in the environment but… Where they belong : away from your home and any commonly used parts of your garden. Unless the nest is in a remote part of my garden, I get rid of it as soon as I see it.
    One late Summer (when wasps are the most aggressive as food is in short supply), while gardening, I was talented enough to disturb a well-hidden nest and I got stung and bitten at least twelve times – on my face. On top of stinging repeatedly – unlike bees, that leave their stinger behind – wasps also use their mandibles to bite. Hard enough for it to bleed, too ! My face got nicely swollen, felt as big as a foot ball, and that was not nearly the most fun time I ever had. I immediately felt some pain and, also, a bit dizzy – probably as much due to the shock as I was from a slight drop in my blood pressure.
    The best way to deal with wasps is to remain cool and calmly walk away from them.
    To get rid of a nest, remain as far away as possible from it, spray it with 2-second bursts of a FLYING insects killer and move away fast. Repeat the operation every few minutes until there it looks like they are all dead. Always wear shoes as those that are knocked down but are still somewhat alive will still sting. Then I break the nest, put it in a plastic bag that I tie and throw in the garbage bin.
    To soothe wasp stings, any acidic solution will help : vinegar, toothpaste, a paste made with baking soda, a damp tea bag…
    Apparently, applying the cut part of an onion or garlic clove will also help.
    Ice cubes wrapped in a cloth can’t do any harm.
    Swallowing a painkiller or two will certainly help.
    If there is absolutely nothing at hand, you can always relieve your bladder and apply some urine on the sting as I was told that ammonia also helps.
    At least now I know that I’m not allergic to it ! Only 0.01% or so of any population is allergic to bee, wasp and hornet venom. Unfortunately, to find out whether you are allergic or not… You must first get stung !
    If you do know you that are allergic, you already know that, in the most serious cases, anaphylactic shock can be dangerous to the point of being life-threatening, so, you must make sure that you always have your antihistamine injection nearby. I would also check its shelf-life and make sure that it’s always good.

    1. Thanks!!! Plenty of useful information here. I’ll keep it handy for if I get stung in the future… although it’s been a while since I’ve been stung and I quite intend on trying my best to keep it that way!!

      I’ve also used your technique to get rid nests close to the house a couple of time. However, another way to do it when you find a big nest, is to use smoke it to get rid of the wasps, collect it to be able to eat the ‘moutouks’! Mmmmmmh!! Yummy!

      That might be for another blog post if I get my hands on some!! (But not for the light hearted!)

  3. Gotta love Roger’s recommendation !
    You are right, Priscille. Smoking out the nest is the age-old technique, par excellence, but it’s a lot more time-consuming as it requires gathering and setting up some hi-tech equipment: a tall aloe stalk, a piece of jute bag, some kerosene, etc. If you have a gardener, better let him have fun dealing with it !
    Do write a blog post on fried “moutouks” (larvae). It would be a somewhat “exotic” dish to treat some foreign guests with (better have an alternative dish ready !).

  4. Last night we found a well formed wasp hive between the curtains in our bedroom. We slept in the guests’ room.
    We don’t have a gardner nor know anyone that would perform this.
    so…. Any common supermarket-quality spray against flying insects will do? I should mention I am allergic to them. I wouldn’t want my expat adventure in Mauritius to go bad :-(
    any advice is appreciated.

    1. Hi Francesca,

      Yes, any spray against insect will do.

      And if you are allergic to them, best to keep an antihistamine at hand as here you may encounter these yellow wasps almost everywhere. Having said that though it is not likely that you will get pricked unless you disturb them in some way.

  5. Something I learned in my new country :-)
    Make a simple Water Trap

    Use a razor knife to cut the top from a 2-liter plastic pop bottle. Cut just above the shoulder of the bottle. Discard the screw top. Fill with water about halfway. Coat the neck with jam, invert it and set back on the bottle. Use two small pieces
    of tape to hold it in place.

    Wasps will go down the funnel to get the jam, but will find it difficult to get out. Most will drop into the water and drown.

    A few drops of dish soap in the water will make it hard for the wasps to tread water, and will hasten their demise. (You can also add a 1/4 cup of vinegar to the water to discourage honeybees from entering the trap in search of water.)
    Note: In the spring and early summer, wasps are attracted to protein-based baits; use jam or other sweet baits in later summer and into fall.

    http://www.eartheasy.com/live_natwasp_trap.jpg

    Empty the trap daily! As more wasps are caught, they create a raft on which other wasps can survive for a considerable time. Some of these wasps then find purchase on the plastic of the bottle and eventually crawl out. The longer the trap is untended, the more wasps will manage to escape, which may result in swarming.
    The trap will be most effective if set about 4′ above ground.

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