The pair were rushed to hospital in a critical condition after the incident which is said to be extremely rare, but was not random according to The Connexion......Think I will keep away from the hornets eating my diseased apples when I cut the lawn tomorrow.........or wear thick clothes
It's unusual for european hornets to attack, unless they're really provoked. It's the asian ones that are most aggressive. I'd be inclined to spray a can of Raid over the fruit, though, JohnnyD, whether you rake it up and bin it (recommended) or mow over it (tut! ). They soon clear off when they see an aerosol!
Post by lapourtaider on Aug 22, 2022 19:06:40 GMT 1
I was stung by a wasp last Sunday morning whilst riding. It was just under my ear. I always swell up badly (but slowly) with wasp stings and the following morning from my ear round my neck to my sternum was swollen and red. Lots of antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream later and two days after it had gone down.
Thankfully my body reacts slowly enough that should I get stung directly on my throat I should have time to get to hospital.
Post by lapourtaider on Aug 22, 2022 19:40:32 GMT 1
They were on a VTT ride, following strong winds. Also frelons can nest at ground level. Either way it seems likely they either rode through or within a couple of metres of a nest. The frelons feeling threatened attacked. Without any gear that would be extremely frightening and dangerous. I feel for the guys.
As someone allergic to wasp stings for which I carry epipens, I feel very sorry for them and extremely pleased for them that they aren’t allergic. As far as I know, I’ve never been stung by a hornet, but assume that I’m allergic to them too. I’ve been stung many more times in France than in the UK but very luckily my epipens have worked well for me.
I've had one extraordinarily painful frelon sting on a finger tip. Fifty times that pain all over one's body is impossible to imagine.
As a pompier I have dealt with dozens of frelon nests. We obviously have very protective gear and there is little risk to the individual. What I can tell you is that they go incessantly for the head, and just the sound of dozens of frelons trying to sting you in the head would scare some people. To have that happening without protection must have been petrifying.
"To have that happening without protection must have been petrifying."
The only time I've had pain worse than my frelon sting I had to talk myself down from the stress I was under because I seriously thought I was going to have a heart attack. One of the frelon victims was 72, well done him, and his mate, for getting through it. My toes are curling just thinking about it.
I go to sleep with the sound of dozens of Tiger Mosquitos giving my exposed head the good news, having contracted Malaria twice nearly fatally the last time the noise screws with my mind.
I spent most of last night swatting the ruggers but there were always more in reserve (all flyscreens have been closed for months) eventually having to wear earplugs leaving them to do their worse.
Can't you identify the source and get rid of it? At least burning insecticidal spirals (not too expensive, from any super, but check that they're not just perfume dolled up as killer/repellant - Raid is reliable) eloigns the 'ruggers'
The Mairie wont be too pleased if I got rid of their station de relevage
It's a fact of life when you live in the area that drains to a river, OTOH my well is still full.
Pretty much every gutter put up by a French artisan will be a breeding ground for mosquitos, having procreated their habitat shaded from the sun is the impenetrable jungle of the parcelle of land my caravan is parked next to for the same shade, I did not know that I had sitting tenants, it will be cleared by digger in the autumn.
I am burning mozzie coils as we speak, they have removed all the decent stuff like Permethrine that used to kill them, not at all the same product as when I was travelling, just the same horrible odour and smoke, it does indeed eloign them but once they have got inside from when I go in and out the door they cant get out.