For the last 10 years I've mowed grassland trails, cut and moved non-native invasive brush, chainsawed fallen trees, and cut back encroaching forest boundaries into grasslands. I can't count the number of hours I've spent walking behind large noisy brush cutters. In all that time I've never been stung. Though once I did mow over an underground bumblebee nest. But, hey, they're bumblebees they came out and buzzed around but couldn't be bothered to attack.
But one of the other two volunteers who has done the same work for the last 5 or so years, somehow manages to be the target of yellow-jacket attacks at least twice every summer. Most recently only two or three stings, sometimes 10 or 12. He's had several times he's had to abandon the brush cutter until the yellow jackets settle down and then come back and wasp spray the nest before he retrieves the machine. For reasons only he knows, he keeps coming back to do this work without even being paid.
Not long ago I was walking the property with a professional forester and he showed the the signal his forestry teams use to warn of yellow jackets -- brushing the forearm of on arm with your other hand. My universal warning signal would be waving my arms around and running and screaming.
Post Edited (Bohemond) : 7/18/2021 11:38:31 AM (GMT-6)