... for returning to the area and flagging it! I wish I had noticed the nest/hive during control vetting, but I never saw (or felt) anything. I'm sure your streamers saved at least a few people from getting stung coming in and out of the control - so thanks for doing that!
That's okay Bo, thanks for planning a great course!
I still never saw the nest - did you see anything when you brought in the controls? Don't even know if it was hanging or on the ground!
My guess would be it was in the ground? That would make it almost impossible to see in the undergrowth. Y/O/B/G courses all had this control so perhaps about 70 orienteers passed through the area and I'm certain you saved quite a few from getting stung by going back out and taping it off!
I feel a bit lame to tell you this, but somebody else actually picked up that control and got stung as well. He knew the situation before hand and went because he was far better covered than me and felt okay about it. Still - I set the course and should have gone picked that one up myself. Bad me.
Anyways - I hope the irritation subside quickly, though I suspect it may take a bit of time? If you need to purchase medication of any sorts to relieve your discomfort, please let me know and I'll add it as an expense to the meet.
Thanks Bo, that's very kind! It's more laziness that's keeping me from getting to cvs than funds. They've mostly subsided now :) just the occasional itch.
I HATE bee stings. They itch so much! I guess just another hazard of the sport.
Fun fact - this is the first time I've been stung by a yellow and black thing while orienteering. Quite impressive really!
Not entered any SYO events lately then?
(I'll get my coat)
Sounds like yellow jackets (black and yellow wasps). They live in the ground and there is no evidence of their presence unless you happen to see wasps flying in and out of a small hole--which might be further hidden by fallen leaves or low vegetation. I read somewhere that they don't excavate their own burrows; they reuse a burrow left behind by some other critter.
Far more common to discover them the way you did, by being stung. They are especially active this time of year, gathering food for the winter I guess.
I have had multi-sting run-ins with them twice: way back in 1987, at exactly this time of year, while vetting for the U.S. Champs in Rhode Island, and two weeks ago when mowing my lawn for the first time in a month and a half. Half a dozen stings each time.
In the 1987 incident, my arm quickly swelled up very alarmingly so I went to the ER and got shot up with a large dose of Benadryl which put me to sleep for about 5 hours before I could drive home. Fortunately I reacted much less to the recent incident, just some itching like what you mentioned.
I hope you are already well recovered, Becks. I guess the red course didn't go near the spot in question?--lucky me.
Re: first time
My first - and I initially thought only - time to get stung by a wasp while orienteering was at O-ringen in 1967! Thought it would have been a nice round 50 years until I remembered that I actually got stung twice at Pawtuckaway last fall. I´m lucky in the respect that I seldom even get stung or react negatively to insect bites (and that includes mosquitos).
Raccoons (presumably) dug up a nest under the hostas in my yard this weekend. Its in an abandoned groundhog tunnel that I had blocked with a couple of stones. There were bits of comb scattered on the grass and the two stones had been pulled out. I mowed around them carefully, but when I went back later to watch them going in and out of the wrecked nest they noticed me and I got a sting. They were mad as hell. I don't mind having them there as long as they don't sting me - good for the garden. Waited until dark and then took some pics: