Hello everyone, We've had a horrible time with yellow jackets these past 2 weeks. DH and I, the dog, cat and now Roxy, our RIR got popped in the left lower eyelid, after I just let them out to free range a bit. I had to catch her and pull the blasted thing out of her eye, put her in the run and round up the others to do the same all while we were under attack from these rotten creatures. The Chicken Mama in me just roared to life!!!! We had marked 4 of these under ground nests this week, after experiencing their wrath while trying to cut grass (4 acres worth). I was supposed to wait until DH got home, so he could "gas them", and then he was going to try and cut grass again. Oh well. . . I proceeded to carefully pour a little gas in each of the 4 locations. And put on my gloves, hat, long sleeve shirt, pants, wet a huge bath towel with water, pulled the garden hose out to the location and had the water ready to go. All 4 locations were sparked and manage without incident. However. . . The one spot where my girl got popped this morning, their favorite, most clearly safe area to range, their was the one underground nest just kept swarming and swarming. (Mercifully, the bees had yet to attack the chickens, until today.) Hundreds of bees. After what looked like the fire was gone, I continued to watch and noticed that there must be another nest close to the trunk of the tree. Since the flames were gone, mostly smoke, I thought to put just a little more gas in that area. As Murphy's law would have it, a light breeze shifted towards me and the can, and whooosh, fire, flashed on me and the can. I through the can away from me, stopped, dropped and rolled to press the flames out of my face. It worked!!! (Just scorched my right eyebrow off, oh well). The gas can however, was on it's side and on fire. I ran, picked up the wet towel, through it on the spicket of the can, and started spraying it with water!!! I had a stick near by, used it to turn the gas can upright, still on fire, and within a few minutes I was able to put the fire out with the onset of water....Thank God!!! The area where the wet towel was on fire was quickly put out as well..... I guess, being a girl scout has certainly paid off once again!!! I would not of course, recommend this action to anyone, and please be kind with any remarks regarding my action. After so many stings from those bloody ***** jerks, I just had to do something, anything to stopped some of those attacks. I have been trying to put up hardware cloth around the coop and run, (to keep away the coons, etc.,) but can't work for the bees attacking us. Roxy, the RIR, has a purple sting mark on her eyelid, when she closes it. She can open it and looks like she has vision as well. I immediately put liquid benedryl/caladryl gel on her lid right after the sting, and she seems to be doing OK. The gel is about the only thing that helps us when we get hit. If anyone has any reccommendations as to what else I might need to do for her, please, again, in kindness, let me know. Thanks!!!! I'll be outside for a while working on securing the run with hardware cloth.