Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weeder Beware!!

Did you know that some hornets nest under the ground?
Did you you know that they hide their hole under groundcover?
Did you know that when they attack they will chase you down?
Did you know that you will run away swatting like a cartoon on U-Tube?
Did you know that you can think you got them all, only to feel them still stinging?
Did you know you have to strip off you clothes only to find two stuck in your shorts?
Did you know that if you are allergic to their bites you could die?
Did you know that if you are mildly allergic you will itch like crazy?

Well, I know it all now.
And I don't believe that the swelling, itch and pain will depart in 3-5 days as I was advised.
This pic is Day 3. 
Red is spreading on day 4, though not so red.
I have several bites like this that have spread to about 7" round.
I have several smaller spots that itch but are not inflamed.

Let it be known that I bear no ill will to the hornets ~lol~.

Needless to say, the weeds are still growing strong around my rose bushes.


Roberta said...

Oh my goodness Carol. I hope you are OK! They are nasty creatures.

Momma Bear said...

oh no Carol! owie, owie, owie!
I'm so sorry! I did not know they nest underground! good to know!

though my mom found a nest of honey bees nesting in one of the rotted out railroad tie she used for her raised beds.
I wish I had something homeopathic to make the pain , at least , go away but i have nothing.
sounds like the roses have more than thorns to protect them this year!

Beedeebabee said...

OMG poor girl! All that AND two of the stinging little devils in your shorts too...Ahhhh!!! That's horrible!

I was just reading an article in today's paper about types of bees that like to make their homes in holes in the ground. It said that yellow jackets are usually the more aggressive ones. Maybe that's the type that came after you. When I was a kid, I stepped onto a nest of some sort, in a big field behind my friend's house where we used to play. Bees were all over the place in seconds, and I went running and screaming for help. I remember I had a heavy pink sweater on and they were clinging to it like little ornaments, and in my long hair too. I ran into my friend's house and his mother was swatting at me with a broom! I got several stings that day. I can still remember how horrified I was. All these years later I don't mind the big bumbles, but yellow jackets still make me nervous.

I so hope you're feeling better soon. That sting really looks like it hurts. I bet it's hot to the touch too. OUCH! :(

...I love your knew beautiful picture. Your haircut is just adorable!

Keep clear of those rose beds!
xoxo Paulette :)

Timaree said...

Ouch! My husband could commiserate with you. When he was a young boy his brother disturbed a wasp's nest just as my husband walked by and he was stung all over. His mother coated him with mud to draw out the venom. I don't know if it really worked or not but my husband is still terrified of those insects! No, I did not know they built nests in the ground. Wow. Hope the itching doesn't go on for much longer.

jinxxxygirl said...

OH honey! I so know what you mean. Two summers ago i received my first and second wasp sting in what? Twenty years while weeding my flower garden in Tx. Both times i ended up going to the doctor for a steroid shot ..they just kept getting bigger and would not go down...Wow!

I've seen hornets in those big round nests they make above ground...But when i was about three living in New Jersey i was riding the riding mower with my dad when he stopped the mower put me down and told me to run as fast as i could to the house and not stop for nothing. I did as i was told and was fine but he was not as fast and got stung bad!

I 'd say weed cloth and mulch are in order to keep those weeds at bay! :) Feel better girlfriend! Hugs! deb

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh no!!! I am so sorry this happened to you. They are horrible creatures and must be on this earth just to cause us grief. Take care of you!

Robbie said...

I had same happen to me TWICE!! I was so sick the last time...hand swelled twice its carry Epi pen!! You are lucky!!! just makes you feel so sick!!! Take care!!!

mairedodd said...

wow - oh my gosh - that is just awful! i am so very grateful that you were not allergic to the stings. still 7" across, that is huge! take good care of yourself, i wonder if you are sleeping.
p.s. love the new self-portrait, such a pretty lady.

MeOfCourse said...

Oh geez Carol. So sorry you were bitten like that. Keep an eye on it for sure. We have hornets here too. I'll watch for them. Hope the swelling goes down Carol. Take care and try to have a good week.:)

Sybil said...

Put some vinegar on the stings that will help with the pain and itch.

Sandy said...

Oh, I hope you are OK. That looks painful as well as itchy. The weeds can keep the rose roots cool and damp, so they don't need to be removed.
Thanks for commenting on my blog.

DIAN said...

Ouch, that does look sore. Hope you are feeling better. I have been bitten by large ants while gardening and they do hurt.
Antihistimines help.

ACreativeDream June Crawford said...

Goodness Carol... OUCH! I'm one of those who are so allergic to bee/hornet/wasp sting I die, so I make it a point to know about them. (I have two mosquito bites on my legs right now that look like your photo.) Hornets are the worst, they are definitely aggressive and will chase you down! I agree with Sybil... my grandmother used to use a paste made of baking powder and vinegar to take the sting out of such things. Seemed to work well. Heal fast!

Jan said...

So sorry, Carol. They are dangerous insects, I am always on the lookout for them around here when I am walking/working somewhere new. I've been stung twice so far this summer but nothing like your experience luckily for me. Hope your wounds are healing.

Barbara said...

Wow, that looks uncomfortable. Thanks for the info, and also I'm glad you still have your sense of humor! :) Take good care.

Crystal said...

What a nightmare! Hope you are feeling much better. :-)

Your new photo is so pretty! xoxo

Bead-Mused said...

Dear Gawd, Carol! You are so very lucky - not that you got stung, but that you did NOT go into anaphylactic shock! And I join you in a total dislike of the hornet family. If you can take antihistamines they will help with the itch. If not, wine - lots of wine! ;)

Terri said...

Ouch!! I hope you heal quickly!

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Carol. Thanks for stopping by my PPF post and for the nice comments. I'm not sure if I will keep it. I'm thinking of going back to where I bought it and show him the bust and since he sold it unpainted, perhaps he can sell it painted and we share on the profit. If he says yes, then while I'm there, I'll look around and find another unpainted bust.
tee hee. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This looks so painful....I hope you are in a better place today. I am allergic to bee stings... so Lord what would happen if I got stung by hornets. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Vicky aka Stichr said...

Mean of me, I know, but I have to laugh...this was the same scenario we had when my husband came running out of the bushes. Well, except for the hatchet he was swinging to fight of the bees..Hope you are much better!