I love fall and winter, the bugs disappear. I can deal with flies, and can even deal with horse flies... but wasps, and bees and anything stingy makes me lose my mind.
It hit 71 here last week and when I went to the barn there were wasps everything. They were redish black and seem to make nests inside the holes in the wood in the barn.
There was one in the feed room crawling on the hay. I squished it with the feed scoop, HARD. It didnt die. I put my foot in the scoop and twisted it. It didnt die. It took me at least 5 minutes and all my strength to kill it. So I thought... until I came back in for the hay and it tried to attack me!
I did finally kill it by disconnecting its head from its body but the next day I was throwing hay out to the horses and there was another one between the pads. I can hear them buzzing around the barn. I have a serious phobia.
I went home shaking terribly, begging my fiance to let me trade doing dishes on night I cook, for him to feed the horses throughout the spring. It has since dropepd back into the 40s-60s and they have gone again.
What can I do to rid the barn (safely) of these things? I remember last year I had a very hard time getting feed and my tack out of the barn in fear of being stung. I used to wait until dark to run in and grab my tack, andkeep it on my atv until I rode the next time. :(
I might sound chicken but i'm allergic and terrified. Suggestions?