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#1 friz

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 09:47 AM

We checked out the new opening of the Alabama Coushatta Casino near Livingston, TX last weekend. After losing a little, went the their campground.

Found a nice site with shade, while plugging in the electric cable, got zapped by a wasp. Fortunatly the whole nest didn't come down, but one is enough. Dispatched them all with the wasp spray, plugged in ok. 

  2 doctor visits and $40 copay on drugs later, am OK. This negated the $20 overall winnings from the casino.  Otherwise good weekend camping in the woods, priceless.

 

Recommendation: Get a child's toy rake with 3 to 4' handle, cut off some of the tines so you are left with 3 or 4.  Use this to open electric boxes and sewer caps so you will have a 3 foot head start if something comes out.  It's also a handy tool for cargo management, and relocating non venomous snakes. (the venomous ones get the middle tine amidships) 

Maybe could have sued for neglect of maintainence, but doubt I would collect anything from an Indian Reservation.


Edited by friz, 18 June 2016 - 06:37 PM.

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#2 watraveler

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 10:02 AM

Fritz,

Relocate snakes, did I hear you say snakes.  I find snakes in a campground and I'm the one relocating, LOL!

 

Wow, I bet that was a surprise.  Glad you were able to get doctor care.  I don't know if this would help for someone who is allergic to bees, but you might want to carry some Benadryl with you.



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Posted 18 June 2016 - 11:41 AM

I usually lift the lid or bump the post, and run.  A backward glance tells me if I need to get the wasp spray out. Just another hazard of camping, especially in the South. :unsure:


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 12:02 PM

Last month we were packing the camper to go and a European paper wasp came at me. They're not as vicious as yellowjackets or bald faced hornets, but it's a wasp and my husband is allergic. Last year I got nailed 6 times by them, and their nests were EVERYWHERE, so this year I've made a very determined effort to kill every nest I find...and they're getting inventive. This particular wasp had built her nest in the corner of the rear stabilizer jack, which was down at the time. If she'd not come at me I would never have known she had a nest there, and come time to raise the stabilizer jacks, it might have been a worse case scenario as my husband is usually the one who raises the jacks.

 

Unlike yellow jackets and hornets, which have one big nest with a single queen, European paper wasps are ALL fertile, and each female will build her own nest and raise her own workers. If you kill her, you have to kill them all, because, again, for insects, wasps are pretty intelligent. They learn to recognize the ape (me) that threatens or removes their nests. I can't tell you how often I was harassed by wasps last year, because I was merely knocking the nests down rather than outright killing them.

 

When I spray them, I use the foaming spray and try to squash them once they've fallen to the ground. In the case of hornets and yellowjackets (gads they are vicious) if you harm a wasp rather than kill it outright, it produces a pheromone that summons every wasp in the vicinity to come attack you. So kill them quickly.

I usually wait until morning to hunt them down and spray the nests, when the air is cool and all the wasps are 'home' on their nest.

 

But if you can, try not to kill them when they're not in your sphere. They are important and relentless predators of all sorts of nasty bugs that go for your apples or your vegetables. Same goes for snakes, please, folks. I understand the instinctive fear of snakes but they are really great predators of rats and mice.

 

And finally, take an Epi Pen camping or whenever you go out where there may be wasps (this is if you're allergic). By the way, Epi Pens do NOT need refrigeration, I don't know why people automatically toss them in the fridge. Don't do that. They don't need cooling. And also, read the instructions on its use.


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 12:40 PM

Yes, wasps, hornets, and bees love the protected areas inside electrical boxes, and if some of the knock-outs on the bottom are open, it's an expressway for them. I have been hit a few times, and carry a bottle of Benadryl in the tow vehicle.  

 

A related safety tip: if you brush an energized electrical box with the back of your hand, you might get a nasty shock. But if you grab it with an open hand to open the cover, the resulting muscular spasm could freeze you to the fixture long enough to have fatal results.

 

Some RV park wiring is not very safe, so err on the side of caution.


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 01:27 PM

Don't forget scorpions!  Friz, you must have had an allergic reaction if you needed to go to doctors. Fortunately I don't have that problem.  Glad you're okay and thanks for the reminder on checking the boxes. 


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 05:11 PM

..............................Recommendation: Get a child's toy rake with 3 to 4' handle, cut off some of the tines so you are left with 3 or 4.  Use this to open electric boxes and sewer caps so you will have a 3 foot head start if something comes out.  It's also a handy tool for cargo management, and relocating snakes. ........................................

 

.I use a regular 4 tine garden cultivator..a bit more heavy duty, good for fire tending and lots of other chores around the campsite........... B)


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 05:36 PM

Friz says..."relocating snakes"??? Not on my watch! If I don't dispatch them "She Who Must Be Obeyed" becomes difficult to be around...LOL. Relocating snakes sounds like a hobby for the insane!


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 06:00 PM

Hey Steamboat,

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 06:07 PM

Hey watraveler...what part of Seattle do you live in? We own property on Whidbey Island. My better half just chatted with one of her long time friends that lives on Angle Lake...near Sea Tac Airport. Small world, ain't it?


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 07:53 PM

Electrical shock and little stinging critters - something to think about when I plug it!

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 08:15 PM

Yes, Steamboat it is a small world.  We live in Lake Forest Park, just north of Lake Washington.  We are planning a camping trip up to Navy Whidbey in a couple of weeks.



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Posted 21 June 2016 - 02:42 AM


Maybe could have sued for neglect of maintainence, but doubt I would collect anything from an Indian Reservation.

 

And then we wonder why our campsite fees are so expensive. Who goes into the woods expecting them to be void of insects and wildlife? Buyer beware... 


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 03:36 AM

Friz says..."relocating snakes"??? Not on my watch! If I don't dispatch them "She Who Must Be Obeyed" becomes difficult to be around...LOL. Relocating snakes sounds like a hobby for the insane!

You do that in a Florida State Park or National Park and you can be in for a heavy fine. That includes the poisonous varieties. 

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 06:39 AM

 If charged for 'dispatching' a snake I would use the 'imminent danger, fear for my life, self protection' defense and (pardon the gender bias political incorrectness) get an all women jury. :wacko: 

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