Thursday week ago I helped an elderly client who uses us to look after her formal gardens. She has a rough paddock area and separate gardener who looks after that -he hasn't turned up for 2 weeks "would I cut that grass?". Of course I would.
I arrive and within 10 metres I am mowing a wasp nest. I run, stung on the face, neck and upper body. Ok a new strategy, start 100m + away diagonally opposite the known nest - many of you will be ahead of me at this point - straight into another much much larger nest.
I end up having passed out face down on the drive for an hour or so, taken to hospital in the ambulance a passing dog walker had called, kept in hospital overnight a drip in each arm.... apparently the nurses gave up when they had counted 500 stings!
As many will know unless disturbed wasp nests are difficult to see in longish rough grass, and if you do see them, you have probably disturbed them.
1What would have happened if that dog walked hadn't seen me passed out on the drive.
Oh, i've also learnt something else scary too. The client had been told by the gardener that does that bit of the garden that he wouldn't be back for a month or so because of the number of wasps nests there! But she's a very old lady....and without doubt had not heard the reason, or had completely forgotten it.
As I say, be careful out there!