Eating lunch outdoors during yellowjacket season: an impossible pipedream?
July 19, 2011 6:47 AM Subscribe
Any way I can get yellowjackets to leave me alone while I lunch in the park?
posted by guessthis to pets & animals (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I bring my lunch with me to work, and during the warmer months I delight in taking it to the park across the street. Except from late July through September, however. As soon as I bring out my food, a yellowjacket or wasp comes to investigate and I have to put it away or move if I don't want to share.
Perhaps I am doomed to failure, but is there anything I can do to put them off me and my meal? I am not really scared by them (have never been stung), so when they approach I move my food or myself quite calmly, but they persist in hanging around me until a while after the food has been put away.
I don't wear perfume, though I do wear nail varnish. My clothing varies - bright, dark or light, they always come. But I guess these things are irrelevant since it's the food smell that brings them?
Any tips about places to sit in parks that are less frequented by the wee beasties? Any smell I could create which would ward them away? Any easy to use, portable bug repellents? If I put a bowl of sugar out would they be distracted by that and leave my sandwich alone? If there are more around me, but they leave my lunch in peace, that's fine.
Or am I resigned to scarfing my lunch at my desk? Halp!