.....and you learned all this how?
(This is gonna be a good story)
I have an overgrown road leading to one of my deer stands, it runs right along a fence line, so the the only way to widen it is to cut the brush back away from the wooded side. Started on it yesterday, armed with my brush cutter, chainsaw and gas powered pole-saw.
Got up early this morning to take advantage of the cool weather and complete the job.
I've experienced yellow-jackets in ground nests before, bumble-bees in ground nests, hornets in their large enclosed nests. But I haven't run into wasps on tree branches in the woods. Found them on branches around creeks and rivers, just not on my property....so I wasn't looking for them.
I was watching for Copperheads (not wasps) because this area has quite a few snakes.
Anyway, I use my brush cutter to cut small saplings (up to 3"), briers and such. I was right in the middle of a bunch of downed saplings when I cut the one they happened to be in.
I never saw them until they started attacking me. The first stings occurring on my hands and arms, then on my back, sides and head as I tried to retreat.
I was surprised at how far some of them followed me. Usually wasps will give you some relief once you've backed off 10-20 feet. Not these.
If I'd been on flat, clean ground and not attached to 20 lbs and 6' of brush cutter...I could have put some distance between us quicker than I did. The handle bar grip and brush guard seemed to catch on everything they could. Worse than jumper cables in a tool box.
Also, at 62 years of age, 6-5" and 270 lbs. I am something less than 'nimble'. Wasps are nimble.
The 'motivation' for a quick escape was there....but the 'ability' was sadly lacking.
The harness has a quick detach hook that will allow you to remove the brush cutter from it, but it takes both hands to do so...and both of my hands were already busy (to no avail but busy).
I'll go back this evening with a cupful of gasoline and take care of the wasps. The sapling with the nest is on the ground now and they will be back on it by then.
I'll either get 'payback' or another 'lesson', we will see.