Results 1 to 31 of 31

Thread: Wasp Attack!

  1. #1
    Kidding myself...
    Reputation: anarawd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    313

    Wasp Attack!

    During our weekly group ride last evening, we inadvertently disturbed a ground nest full of really ill-tempered wasps. The guy ahead of me on the trail rode over it first. He got away with only one sting. By the time I got to the nest, the angry insects swarmed out of their hole and literally attacked me. I was stung at least 20 times on my legs, back, abdomen, arms and ears! Thank God I'm not allergic! The adrenalin rush from all those stings and sheer terror was unbelievable! I felt so agitated, my hands wouldn't stop shaking and I could not focus on anything at all. At that point riding technical singletrack was no longer an option. After taking a few minutes to calm myself down, I rode slowly avoiding anything that resembled roots or rocks. I am very thankful to my riding buddies who stayed wiith me and saw to it that I made it back safely.

    It occurred to me afterward that it probably would be a really good idea for us all to carry an epi-pen on these rides just in case someone is stung and does have an anaphylactic reaction. Had I been severely allergic, I probably would not have made it out of the bush in time, and indeed would not have lived to tell this story!
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

  2. #2
    Evil Jr.
    Reputation: garage monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,859
    Holy cow, that sounds totally freaky! I'm not sure I could regain my composure after something like that!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

  3. #3
    Kidding myself...
    Reputation: anarawd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    313
    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Holy cow, that sounds totally freaky! I'm not sure I could regain my composure after something like that!
    All the stings have gone from painful to itchy today. I think I'll go home and take some Benadryl... and the rest of the day off!
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: pikester's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    142
    Reading this reminds me of the one wasp sting I got during a ride - felt like I was hit by a baseball bat. Watch for infection - they infect easily!

  5. #5
    rad to the power of sick
    Reputation: superlightracer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    1,905
    Wow.

    I know that generally towards the end of summer into fall, bees and wasps get aggressive due to the lack of pollenating flowers, whereas early in the summer they are pretty docile.

    Get well soon!
    NOBL Wheels
    Some great sets for the trainer:
    http://soundcloud.com/deejayfeelgood

  6. #6
    Kidding myself...
    Reputation: anarawd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    313
    Quote Originally Posted by pikester
    Reading this reminds me of the one wasp sting I got during a ride - felt like I was hit by a baseball bat. Watch for infection - they infect easily!
    Thanks for that good advice.
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

  7. #7
    Kidding myself...
    Reputation: anarawd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    313
    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer
    Wow.

    I know that generally towards the end of summer into fall, bees and wasps get aggressive due to the lack of pollenating flowers, whereas early in the summer they are pretty docile.

    Get well soon!
    Thanks SLR!
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    340
    Get better soon! I got a single sting while riding last year, right on the lip, half of my face was swollen for 4 days!

  9. #9
    namagomi
    Reputation: electrik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    2,884
    Quote Originally Posted by anarawd

    It occurred to me afterward that it probably would be a really good idea for us all to carry an epi-pen on these rides just in case someone is stung and does have an anaphylactic reaction. Had I been severely allergic, I probably would not have made it out of the bush in time, and indeed would not have lived to tell this story!
    Don't mean to alarm, but after being stung repeatedly on one occasion some people do develop an allergic reaction to further stings. So the epi-pen, probably a good idea!

    BTW, which trail?

  10. #10
    Space for rent...
    Reputation: SSteve F's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,012
    Similar thing happened to me a couple of years ago in Algonquin. Lead guy in a portage train, disturbed a wasp nest and the rest of us paid the price.

    I was at the back under a canoe and only got four bites on my legs, before I was able to drop the canoe and run off screaming like a little girl. A couple of guys ahead of me got hit 10/12 times.

    We did run out of benadryl that trip.
    It's only pain......

  11. #11
    Muskoka
    Reputation: BlackCanoeDog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    3,329
    same thing happened to me once in the A/O Mudslinger's series race at Buckwallow. I was riding 3rd in a group, lead rider rode over a root covering the opening to the ground nest. he and #2 got away, I was only stung once. other riders behind were also stung. Worst thing...had 2 more laps to do over the same section of trail. Being stung by surprise is one thing, knowing there are agitated wasps there and anticipating being stung again next lap was worse I think!! 20 or 30 stings must be nasty?
    https://get.google.com/albumarchive/...127?source=pwa

    RSD Bikes "The Mayor"
    Rocky Mountain Sherpa Overland

  12. #12
    Kidding myself...
    Reputation: anarawd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    313
    Quote Originally Posted by electrik
    Don't mean to alarm, but after being stung repeatedly on one occasion some people do develop an allergic reaction to further stings. So the epi-pen, probably a good idea!

    BTW, which trail?
    Yeah, I have heard that can happen. I'm getting an epi-pen for sure. It's just not worth the risk
    This happened in Kingston at the Glenburnie Trails (a.k.a. The Farm)
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Near north's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    459
    We get 2 or 3 nests every year at the Village as well, it makes you ride harder to be in front of the pack, the first rider is usually good. They seem to like George the best, One got caught in his sleeve and got him for a good 2km over and over again.

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    487
    Quote Originally Posted by electrik
    Don't mean to alarm, but after being stung repeatedly on one occasion some people do develop an allergic reaction to further stings. So the epi-pen, probably a good idea!

    BTW, which trail?

    Good advice. I am one of those people. I have been stung over the years a few times. This spring in 1 ride (road too damn it!) I was stung 5 times, 2 seperate wasps. Got 2 big lumps on 2 of them and they bruised bad.

    Fast forward 3 weeks ago, cleaning the composter (a long over due open air one) and there was a nest, got stung 2 times, hand swole up, huge lumps on the others, forced 2 days off work, could not type.

    Went to family doctor for a test and now registering a 3 on the scale, not deathly but will be carrying an epi in the future.

    KIN
    Yes its retro but IT WORKS!

    8 Speed is great and V-Brakes rock!

    Ex-wrench...have a Question just ask!

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    75
    At 24 hr Hot Aug Nights, the campsite at Albion was crawling with them. I got a wasp sting as i was sitting on the tailgate of my truck. Didn't swell up too much, but it hurt for a while. Still did my laps though!

  16. #16
    Evil Jr.
    Reputation: garage monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,859
    There were lots crawling all over the (many) beer cans at Camp Misfit too. No stings though. I think they were all too drunk to bother!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    487
    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog
    same thing happened to me once in the A/O Mudslinger's series race at Buckwallow. I was riding 3rd in a group, lead rider rode over a root covering the opening to the ground nest. he and #2 got away, I was only stung once. other riders behind were also stung. Worst thing...had 2 more laps to do over the same section of trail. Being stung by surprise is one thing, knowing there are agitated wasps there and anticipating being stung again next lap was worse I think!! 20 or 30 stings must be nasty?

    Next time I race I will be dropping wasps nests behind me on the last lap! Now just to design the perfect wasp proof jersey!

    KIN
    Yes its retro but IT WORKS!

    8 Speed is great and V-Brakes rock!

    Ex-wrench...have a Question just ask!

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ccaddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    1,721
    Just a note : EPI sticks cost about $100 (without coverage) and have a life of
    about 3 years .

  19. #19
    Kidding myself...
    Reputation: anarawd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    313
    Quote Originally Posted by Styles
    At 24 hr Hot Aug Nights, the campsite at Albion was crawling with them. I got a wasp sting as i was sitting on the tailgate of my truck. Didn't swell up too much, but it hurt for a while. Still did my laps though!
    Is it just me or has there been a stinging insect population explosion this year? I realise 'tis the season BUT it seems no matter where I go outside these days, they're everywhere!
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

  20. #20
    Evil Jr.
    Reputation: garage monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,859
    That and tent caterpillars. Yuck!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

  21. #21
    mtbr member
    Reputation: sweetfilly7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    234
    Quote Originally Posted by electrik
    Don't mean to alarm, but after being stung repeatedly on one occasion some people do develop an allergic reaction to further stings. So the epi-pen, probably a good idea!
    This is true, and I am living evidence. I was about 10 and had a similar situation to the original poster. I now get a fair amount of swelling from a single sting. A couple years ago I was stung on a fingertip and my entire arm blew up, all my fingers looked like fat little sausages.
    My doctor did prescribe an epi-pen but they are pricey and expire in a matter of months. I think he prescribed it as peace of mind, as he also said that unless I was stung in the nose or throat (airway passages), the swelling wouldn't likely be life threatening. So I never filled the prescription. But if I do get stung I end the ride immediately and go directly to a drug store and load up on antihistamines.
    I could be wrong but my interpretation is this; acquired sting allergies are typically not life threatening, unlike those unfortunate souls that do have the massive anaphylactic reactions.
    In the 90s I was camping at Long Point and a guy a few sites over drank from a beer bottle with a bee in it, they didn't get the emergency tracheotomy in time and he died. I am always veeeerrrryyyy cautious about dark beer bottles and pop cans in summer time.
    I love riding my bike!

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation: ol-crank's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    590

    got stung last saturday, went to the doctors tuesday

    because I was riding down in Ellicottville in the woods. It swelled up, lump the size of a toonie, was red, burnng and itching something crazy. Doc says it's not a deer tick but gave me a requsition for blood test for antibodies anyway. If it doen't clear up in a week or so I am to go in for test. Pulled a 1/4" stinger out this morning. It just starting to go down after 6 days. I still don't know what it was.

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    637

    20 times!!

    Quote Originally Posted by anarawd
    During our weekly group ride last evening, we inadvertently disturbed a ground nest full of really ill-tempered wasps. The guy ahead of me on the trail rode over it first. He got away with only one sting. By the time I got to the nest, the angry insects swarmed out of their hole and literally attacked me. I was stung at least 20 times on my legs, back, abdomen, arms and ears! Thank God I'm not allergic! The adrenalin rush from all those stings and sheer terror was unbelievable! I felt so agitated, my hands wouldn't stop shaking and I could not focus on anything at all. At that point riding technical singletrack was no longer an option. After taking a few minutes to calm myself down, I rode slowly avoiding anything that resembled roots or rocks. I am very thankful to my riding buddies who stayed wiith me and saw to it that I made it back safely.

    It occurred to me afterward that it probably would be a really good idea for us all to carry an epi-pen on these rides just in case someone is stung and does have an anaphylactic reaction. Had I been severely allergic, I probably would not have made it out of the bush in time, and indeed would not have lived to tell this story!
    Glad to hear you survived that ride. Can't imagine being stung that many times.
    My bro-in-law got stung last summer working in his yard. Never been allergic before but within five minutes he was feeling dizzy and passed out. Had my sister not been home to get him to the hospital, doctors said he would have died. Since hearing that, I always ride with Benadryl tablets in my Camelbak. And a cell phone. You just never know.
    High on Life

  24. #24
    Kidding myself...
    Reputation: anarawd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    313
    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    I always ride with Benadryl tablets in my Camelbak. And a cell phone. You just never know.
    Good idea! You never know.
    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation: somnambulant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    60
    Maybe I missed this, but where were you, anarawd? A friend and I were riding in the upper Don yesterday morning and he got stung once on the arm. Apparently he'd been stung a week or two before in the same general area (of the Don, not his arm ).

  26. #26
    Evil Jr.
    Reputation: garage monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,859
    Interesting item from yesterday's paper:

    Quote Originally Posted by The Globe & Mail
    It’s sting time

    “Though summer is winding down, this is the most likely time of year to be stung by wasps and similar predatory insects, entomologists say,” The Boston Globe reports. “… There are now more adult wasps than at any time of the year, and they are all competing for sustenance, making them more likely to prowl garbage bins, picnic tables, or anywhere people leave food … ‘This is the time of year that they’re scavenging for food stocks to keep their queens alive for the coming year,’ said Lee Corte-Real, director of the division of crop and pest services at the [Massachusetts] Department of Agriculture Resources. ‘They’re foraging desperately as the weather gets cooler, and sometimes people get in their way.’ ”
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

  27. #27
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    3

    Me Too!

    I know there hasnt been an update to this thread in a while, but I couldnt resist sharing my story. On July 31, 2010 i was riding mt zion via winter creek in arcadia ca. It was a really steep section so i was hike-a-biking just pushing my bike up. As I felt a poke from what i thought was some sort of spiky plant, i looked down and saw 6 or 7 yellow jackets on each ankle stinging me through my socks. I threw my bike down and started running downhill to my friends. I was leading the 3 man pack. I was screaming like a little girl. I ran to my friend and begged for help. he helped me kill them off. They were all over me; in my shirt and all over my legs. Once we got rid of them, my other friend asked me if i was allergic. I had been diagnosed as being allergic to bees as a child, but i thought to myself "this is no time to freak out." We were on a very tight single track with serious exposure. I relied on my adrenalin to get me through it. I made my way back to where i had dropped my bike. I had dropped it right on the yellow jacket nest and they were livid, flying through my spokes. This poignant memry is burned into my eyes. I had to get my bike so i ran through the swarm, got my bike and kept running. As i started to feel the stings, i threw the bike down and ran up the trail this time. For some reason unknown to anyone with an ounce of common sense, my friend decided to run right after me and now he was getting chewed up. I did him the favor he had done for me less than 5 minutes before getting stung a few times in the process. I went back and got both bikes without any fanfare. The 3rd rider trailblazed and bypassed the wasps from hell. We were too close to the top to turn back. A beautiful single track awaited. We tore up the single track and headed to the pharmacy store for benadryl and cortizone cream. I'm a tough guy so i skipped out on the doctor. My ankles swelled to an almost scary size. The stings on my love handles, armpits and legs has somewhere to expand, but my ankles were maxed out on inflamtion space. Alarmed by the deteriorating situation 4 days later i headed to the doctor and got some steroids and anti-biotics. A few days later i had a serious redness all over my body and had to be rushed to the ER. I had developed an allergy to some supplements i had always taken. After more treatment i had about a week of itchyness and now i have scars. Wasps bite and sting. The bites actually remove a chunk of skin. Imagine getting needle nose pliars grabbing some skin and pulling hard.
    Wasps 1 - Me 0
    Ride with benadryl

  28. #28
    Evil Jr.
    Reputation: garage monster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    6,859
    So do you still find that you're sensitive to those supplements or was it just a short term reaction? I find it fascinating how exposure to one thing (like PI) can make you sensitive to something seemingly unrelated (like mangoes).
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

  29. #29
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    3

    Seems permanent

    The both times I've taken my magnisium supplement, which I used to take all the time without any issues I've gotten an allergic reation. The 1st time it freaked me out and i went to the ER. The 2nd time I just popped 2 benadryl and i was okay except that I got really sleepy at work. The hospital explained that my immune system was thrown off by the stings (I counted roughly 40) and developed overreations (that is what an allergic reaction really is) to things I used to be okay with. I dont know what else i might be allergic to, but I take benadryl everywhere now just in case. I dont want to get an allergy test because the have to prick you 40 times each visit. It is really a crude technique where the inject you with a little bit of the most common allergens to see if you react. To add insult to injury you have to go back for multiple visits!!!

  30. #30
    BMW 2002, Dodge A100, etc
    Reputation: Pimpride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    603
    I got stung on the face while on my motorcycle once. You just have to take it cuz you can't take your hands off the handlebars.... Probably the same when you are riding your mountain bike. Too bad you couldn't have gone for a splash-down...


  31. #31
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    290
    Rock climbers near Phoenix regularly get into africanized bees. In fact a couple of years ago one climber died in a fall trying to get away from a nest. That nest is now well publicized and the pitch is avoided.

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •