yellow jacket wasps

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  1. wywern209 macrumors 65832

    wywern209

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    My 6 yr old sis got bitten by one in my basement. apparently it wasn't flying. My mom saw the thing and killed it. Anyways, is it possible for anymore to be down there? btw, i live in wisconsin so i doubt there are anymore down there but w/ wasps i've heard the saying, "where there is one, there is more." ALL of my sister's toys are downstairs in the basement so my family needs to get rid of the problem quickly.
     
  2. Berlepsch macrumors 6502

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    Only the wasp "queens" live through the winter to build up a new hive in the next spring. They search for dark and dry places to hibernate, and can often be found in cellars or basements. So don't worry, it is very unlikely that you'll have more of them around.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    If you saw one in the cellar, you need to be sure there are no more.

    I had a HUGE nest of paper wasps in my cellar. I'd walk around the cellar, checking the perimeter to see if you hear or see any more of them.
     
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    its not bitten, its stung. :rolleyes:

    and unless you know the specific species, might be a solitary kind; no nest.

    in any event, peace of mind trumps science and logic. so look anywhere you think they could be, check, and be sure.
     
  5. wywern209 thread starter macrumors 65832

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    k, my sis usually plays in the basement so i need to get his issue cleared up ASAP.
     
  6. .JahJahwarrior. macrumors 6502

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    I was woken up once in the middle of the night by my parents and hauled outside because they found out there was a huge nest of yellow jackets in the wall...

    I'd check around to see if there are more. In that instance, they noticed a few that were in the room, and then noticed a buzzing by the wall.
     
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    Don't talk about what you don't know

    Yellow jackets can both bite and sting. Wasps are NOT bees, they are basically flying ants, that can both sting and bite.
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  8. wywern209 thread starter macrumors 65832

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    if my sister was stung, then there would be a stinger but here wasn't so i am pretty sure she was bitten. she was crying for a while. Oddly enough, i've never been stung by any bees/wasps.
     
  9. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Unlike bees when a wasp stings the stinger doesn't fall out. So she may have been stung.
    Nor have I. Which is somewhat interesting, because everyone in my immediate family has been stung more than a few times each and I'm the only one who used to go out and catch bees and wasps in jars.
     

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