Yellow Jacket Stings

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Rachel'sFlock, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Greetings all....
    I know this is only marginally chicken-related, but in my preparations to process a roo, this morning, I disrupted a yellow jacket nest and was stung 6 times. They burn like fire and swell like a big bruise.
    Besides baking soda paste and damp tea bags and benadryl, does anyone have any patent home remedies they use to help minimize the sheer non-awesomeness of a yellow jacket sting?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    OUCH, liquid fire is how I describe yellow jacket and hornet stings. For me ice in a damp rag also helps with the burning/pain. At this time of year, the nest is filled with nest year's queens and the colony becomes super protective and prone to attacking.
  3. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Northwest Illinois
    Dip cotton ball in rubbing alcohol or an alcohol pad works bandage it on for 15 to 20 minutes then put farm raised non pasteurized honey on it. If I was in the middle of the woods I would have put mud on it. Your choice I know hurts like H - - -.
  4. pigeonguy

    pigeonguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Northwest Illinois
    Yep ice would be good over the honey OTs say honey draws poison out. But best if done right away.
  5. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you so much for the tip.
    Liquid fire is a very apt description!
    I wasn't aware there was even a colony there, so no wonder this was a bad time of year to be trapesing around out in the woods.
    I am uber fortunate it was only 6 stings. This little varmits are brutal!
    The rooster gets a reprieve for the day, tho. [​IMG]
  6. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you!
    I like the honey idea, but I don't have any pure, unpasteurized.
    I do have alcohol, tho. Maybe after the soda paste dries.
    I would like to duct tape ice cubes to each spot!
    Thank the heavens it was only 6 stings, AND that I am not allergic.
  7. MeatKing

    MeatKing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Vinager any kind, i like apple cider.. But that's cause I think it's better for everything :)

    Works wonders!!!

    I'm glad your not allergic!
  8. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you for the advice!
    Meee tooo!!! I am very fortunate!
  9. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    If I get stung ONCE, I swell up an area as large as I can spread with my hand (about 8 inches). If I got hit 6 times, it might be time to call 911! I keep a bottle of clear ammonia on hand. The last time I got stung (put my hand down on a brown wasp that was on a porch railing) I immediately soaked a paper towel in ammonia and held it on the bite for about 20 minutes. I did not experience any swelling at all. Ammonia is the active ingredient in After Bite; it is supposed to react with the protein in the venom and deactivate it (same idea with meat tenderizer). It won't help much at this point, but this may be helpful "next time".
  10. bsmith712

    bsmith712 Out Of The Brooder

    May 12, 2010
    The cure is time. But Beer helps.

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