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Our yearly "pet" is a spider nested calmly over kitchen door or somewhere on balcony. Whenever we catch wasps, we feed it to the spider. It is getting bigger and bigger now!
We have one too. It's in the kids' bedroom and way too big and hairy for me to dare getting close to it to put it outside.

Se we decided to call it Charlotte and keep it as a pet
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Old 03.09.2015, 19:58
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Re: Wasps!

First the good news:

wasps are carnivorous & will eat other insects, mosquitoes etc.

the colony dies out in winter: the queen survives and starts a new colony in the spring, so the colonies do not get the chance to become huge.

That's it, all the rest is bad news.

All insects search for water by looking for reflected, polarised, light. They cannot store much water in their bodies, so if you wear shiny spectacles insects will seek you out. It is better to take your spectacles off if possible.
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We had a few very large ones in our old house in the UK. They were all called 'Fred' - I dread to think what happened to them now Our house is now a childrens nursery, so spiders would have been great for the nursery rhymes.
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Old 03.09.2015, 21:21
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Re: Wasps!

I actually have a phobia of wasps. I hadn't really noticed until I'd had children and my husband chastised me for wigging out, pointing out that I might pass on the irrational behaviour to them; when I tried to keep calm I realised that I just couldn't. I've improved a lot, I can now remain in my seat if a wasp comes to the table; however I have a surge of adrenaline flooding through me and I am not listening to you, I'm not paying attention to anything besides that evil demonic creature

I don't know why I am so afraid of them? I got stung once as a kid, but it didn't really hurt that much? And I can take a bit of pain (drug-free natural childbirth, not a problem; dental cavity fillings without anaesthesia because I don't like getting that fuzzy dribbly cheek feeling etc!) you know? Why am I afraid of a lil wasp make no sense! Not afraid of bees. Not afraid of spiders, or snakes. Just wasps! Their body shape, their sillouhette, gives me chills!

Unfortunately I have passed on this neurosy to the kids

Any tips on getting over this?
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Old 03.09.2015, 21:45
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Any tips on getting over this?


Just wasps, or bees too? Get in touch with a local beekeeper/Imkerverein and ask if you can spend an afternoon with him and his bees.
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Old 03.09.2015, 22:28
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I actually have a phobia of wasps. I hadn't really noticed until I'd had children and my husband chastised me for wigging out, pointing out that I might pass on the irrational behaviour to them; when I tried to keep calm I realised that I just couldn't. I've improved a lot, I can now remain in my seat if a wasp comes to the table; however I have a surge of adrenaline flooding through me and I am not listening to you, I'm not paying attention to anything besides that evil demonic creature

I don't know why I am so afraid of them? I got stung once as a kid, but it didn't really hurt that much? And I can take a bit of pain (drug-free natural childbirth, not a problem; dental cavity fillings without anaesthesia because I don't like getting that fuzzy dribbly cheek feeling etc!) you know? Why am I afraid of a lil wasp make no sense! Not afraid of bees. Not afraid of spiders, or snakes. Just wasps! Their body shape, their sillouhette, gives me chills!

Unfortunately I have passed on this neurosy to the kids

Any tips on getting over this?
Sorry .... I can't relate to phobias, as I believe the power of the mind can conquer mosts irrational fears.

However, regarding passing on your phobia to your children - from my experience this is possible.

My wife has a fear of spiders and screams out loud when she sees one - the bigger the spider, the louder the scream.
Both of my daughters, initially didn't worry about spiders when they saw one, when they were small, however when my wife was around, they started to inherit her fear and screams and have now become full arachnophobes, in their own right.
Ironically, my wife seems to be, now, more tolerant of them - although I still get called to pick them up and remove them.

Anyway, back to the wasps - just ignore them and don't panic or flap around and they will usually leave you alone and seek out something more sweet.

As a rule, they wont sting if left alone - although one did take a liking to the back of my neck, on a recent visit back home .... but a sting is not the end of the world.
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I actually have a phobia of wasps. I hadn't really noticed until I'd had children and my husband chastised me for wigging out, pointing out that I might pass on the irrational behaviour to them; when I tried to keep calm I realised that I just couldn't. I've improved a lot, I can now remain in my seat if a wasp comes to the table; however I have a surge of adrenaline flooding through me and I am not listening to you, I'm not paying attention to anything besides that evil demonic creature

I don't know why I am so afraid of them? I got stung once as a kid, but it didn't really hurt that much? And I can take a bit of pain (drug-free natural childbirth, not a problem; dental cavity fillings without anaesthesia because I don't like getting that fuzzy dribbly cheek feeling etc!) you know? Why am I afraid of a lil wasp make no sense! Not afraid of bees. Not afraid of spiders, or snakes. Just wasps! Their body shape, their sillouhette, gives me chills!

Unfortunately I have passed on this neurosy to the kids

Any tips on getting over this?
I'm in the same boat with you except mine applies to bees as well as wasps. I totally understand the adrenaline rush you speak of. Usually I can also stay still but only to a certain point then I must exit wherever I am. calmly but I must leave. If you figure out a way past your phobia I'd sure like to hear about it!
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Re: Wasps!

They must have gone to higher altitude this year Smackerjack because I've seen nary a one here at 600m. 2/3 at the most. It's the bloody mosquitos that have plagued me this year. We usually have some, but they seem to be much more numerous this summer. By the time I've been up for an hour I usually have 5/6 bites every morning on my legs and arms. Thank goodness I have a good supply of calamine lotion.
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Old 05.09.2015, 15:34
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Sorry .... I can't relate to phobias, as I believe the power of the mind can conquer mosts irrational fears.
I do too, but I just don't know how to apply it in this situation

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Anyway, back to the wasps - just ignore them and don't panic or flap around and they will usually leave you alone and seek out something more sweet.
This is the advice I know is rational, I tell myself every time I see one but my brain and my body seem disconnected. I try not to panic but it just happens anyway!

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I know, I have had a sting myself.. such is the nature of phobia I suppose. Rationalising doesn't have any effect
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Old 05.09.2015, 15:39
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I'm in the same boat with you except mine applies to bees as well as wasps. I totally understand the adrenaline rush you speak of. Usually I can also stay still but only to a certain point then I must exit wherever I am. calmly but I must leave. If you figure out a way past your phobia I'd sure like to hear about it!
Yeah, I can bear one at the table unless it flies towards my head, then I'm done! Or one time, three at the table all at once, it became too much and I got up. Since that incident, which was recent and honestly ruined a family weekend (yes really!) I have been trying "therapy" with my daughter. We do it together, if a wasp comes in we breathe carefully and try to approach it as close as we can withstand. I can get up to about a metre away, if it's flying on the window I can stand and watch it, try to stare at it's creepy shape to try to desensitise myself to the image. If it gives up on flying into the window though and comes anywhere near me I'm like a cat when a firework goes off haha.
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Re: Wasps!

Seeing this thread reminded me of our recent holiday to a lake, and how heroic I was

I was watching with amusement a mother and father feeding their two little children at a picnic. The little boy of about 2 had a wasp bothering him and then suddenly let out a huge yell and began screaming. It was obvious he`d slapped the wasp onto his cheek. As luck had it I had a bottle of Tea tree oil in my bag (for stings of any kind) so rushed over and offered it to the parents, who dabbed some on his cheek.

A couple minutes later little boy was all smiles and happy again, albeit with a bright red cheek. Parents were grateful for being able to continue enjoying the day out.

Edit add: Always bat a wasp AWAY from your face!
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Re: Wasps!

the smell from a lemon with cloves stuck in it keeps wasps away!

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the smell from a lemon with cloves stuck in it keeps wasps away!

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I tell them "fly on" and they do.

I'm not even kidding
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Not even seen one this year yet. No mosquitos either. A few flies, but not as many as usual.
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Not even seen one this year yet. No mosquitos either. A few flies, but not as many as usual.
That’s probably because they’re all here.
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That’s probably because they’re all here.
No, they are here. I've been stung several times (a few in one go). My kids have been stung too.


Smoky posted on this thread. Does anyone know what happened to her?
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That’s probably because they’re all here.
LOL.
Are they fit and active? The few I saw so far are always half dead and don't even care to fly (which means I seriously have to pay attention not to step on them). And it was the same last summer Although I'm not keen on them (highly allergic to their stings), it is a bit worrying.

I've seen lots and lots of bees though. Fit and happy and thankfully not interested in me (also allergic to their stings )
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Re: Wasps!

The wasps were really bad when we were at the pool the other day. You couldn't even eat without having to karate-chop the air around you.

My friend's daughter was stung on the foot, and to my surprise, my friend pulled an onion out of her bag, cut off a slice of it and put the slice on her daughter's sting wound. Her daughter almost immediately stopped crying and then said it didn't hurt anymore at all after a minute or two. I had never heard of the onion trick before.

I guess peppermint oil mixed with water can help keep wasps away, because they hate the smell of peppermint, but I've never tried it. I know it does help keep spiders away, though.
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Re: Wasps!

This year the wasps have been horrific! Normally they're not a nuisance until late summer or early autumn, but this year it seems to be a lot earlier. And there's so many too! I've been stung last week when one flew down my top whilst out on the bike.

Anyone know the reason why? One of the kids left a bottle of apple juice out in the garden (next to the peppermint) with just a little left in the bottom overnight (by mistake I should add) and the next day when we emptied it we counted over 150 wasp corpses
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All insects search for water by looking for reflected, polarised, light. They cannot store much water in their bodies, so if you wear shiny spectacles insects will seek you out. It is better to take your spectacles off if possible.
Interesting! That must be why wasps are often getting in my face and flying right in front of my eyes... because of my glasses. I had no idea. I know your post that I quoted is from 2015, but thank you!
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