We have a zillion red wasps here every year. Summer before last, I think I got stung every time I went outside. Last summer, I’m not sure I got stung any. This summer . . not too many stings but I was just out picking Seminole pumpkins. They’re on the ground and I didn’t notice all the wasps on a leaf, bent over to get a pumpkin and my arm touched the leaf. SEVEN stings – five on my arm and two on my fingers. Missouri has its share of bugs so I’m not expecting to live bite free there but I won’t miss the bugs, spiders and snakes of Texas. Even Addie said she was not coming back to Texas because of the wasps and spiders
I did pick seven more pumpkins and to cantaloupe. The stings have almost stopped hurting and I still have all this yummy food so I guess I shouldn’t complain but . . it did hurt for a few minutes. If I’d been paying a bit more attention, I probably would have noticed the wasps on the leaves. I was more worried about the grass burrs.