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First Aid Tips : How to Treat a Yellow Jacket Sting

You know throughout everyday life in the course
of being outdoors, most of us if not all of us are going to encounter a sting from some
type of insect such as a bee, wasp, hornet or yellow jacket. Hi I’m Captain Joe Bruni.
And what I’m going to talk discuss and talk about is how to treat the common yellow jacket
sting. The yellow jacket will leave some type of stinger in place after it delivers its
toxic venom. The yellow jacket stinger should not be squeezed when trying to remove it by
using fingertips or tweezers as there will be some type of venom sac at the end of that
stinger. Something such as a stiff piece of material like a credit card or drivers license
should be used to scrape the area to remove that stinger. Once the stinger is removed
the site should be cleaned with some type of antiseptic, soap and water or other type
of disinfecting type of material. After the area is cleaned you can apply ice for a short
period of time, no longer then about ten to fifteen minutes to reduce swelling and pain.
After application of ice, some type of aloe vera gel or other type of antiseptic ointment
can be applied to help disinfect and cool that stinging sensation. Once the gel or disinfectant
is applied you can then move on to applying some type of home remedy paste made out of
a few drops of water and meat tenderizer mixed together or even baking soda and a few drops
of water. Once the paste is made it can be applied to the site to help reduce swelling
and pain. I’m Captain Joe Bruni, stay safe and we’ll see you next time.


  1. PhaseDragonia
    PhaseDragonia April 24, 2009

    okay? do you wanna prize or something?

  2. PhaseDragonia
    PhaseDragonia April 24, 2009

    haha XD

  3. jr pee
    jr pee May 15, 2009


  4. BnB Construction
    BnB Construction September 14, 2009

    ive been stung twice and still alive

  5. Calamazue
    Calamazue November 13, 2009

    tooth paste is the best pain releaver for bee stings

  6. leo ezzo
    leo ezzo June 24, 2010

    i just got stung by a yellow jack that had a hive under my out side chair it stung me in my love handle area and it went from a tiny dots to a quarter coin sized round spot it still hurts after -_- i dont know if im light headed cuse i just woke up ………..

  7. 1f5sda1991
    1f5sda1991 March 17, 2011

    @devonissohot1 Ouch! Sorry to hear that.

  8. Andy Le
    Andy Le May 18, 2011


  9. MrJMDillon1984
    MrJMDillon1984 June 6, 2011

    This summer, the makers of Snakes on a Plane brings you Bees in a Yard. ah boo!

  10. John Jameson Webster
    John Jameson Webster September 15, 2011

    You are a good man and I appreciate your service as a firefighter. The previous comment by wellington is correct,yellow jackets stingers remain win their body. Please check with your local pest control extension services through the agricultural department to verify and you will find he is correct. Thanks that is the only reason I gave thumbs down.

  11. T Desaul
    T Desaul September 23, 2011

    This is a honeybee video not a yellow jacket vid. Change that and it'll be correct.

  12. octbrovey
    octbrovey April 16, 2012


  13. Susanne Barbour
    Susanne Barbour June 3, 2013

    Yellow Jackets hurt worse than ANY OTHER KIND OF STING! Apply a paste of baking soda or moistened tobacco to it like I just had to. They are BAD in the South and nest anywhere it's warm, yet cool and damp (like my flower bed I just weeded and got popped twice by a nest I did not know was there) Alabama ones are real vicious bastids!

  14. Ruby G
    Ruby G July 17, 2013

    Thank you so much

  15. hombrelobo9
    hombrelobo9 August 20, 2013

    Why the f%^# is there an add for a first aid video what if it where an emergency?!!!!

  16. maurijm21
    maurijm21 September 10, 2013

    Yellow jackets dont leave stingers

  17. Dot Red
    Dot Red September 23, 2013

    sometimes they do

  18. Sam Peters
    Sam Peters October 19, 2013

    I was recently stung by a Yellow Jacket and I didn't know about the meat tenderizer or baking soda remedy. It has now been a full 32+ hours since my sting and the venom has left my thumb (sting site) sore. I will start treating this immediately because I didnt know. All I did was apply ice to the sting area right after getting stung. Thanks for posting this!

  19. samtastic74
    samtastic74 July 29, 2014

    This guy is a moron.

  20. dragonboy718
    dragonboy718 August 13, 2014

    I just got stung….took an antihistamine pill, applied ice, and then a paste of meat tenderizer.  It never swelled up, was a little red but the dang thing would hurt every few minutes for about 5 hours….pain finally gone but feels a bit 'numb' around the area.  I am not anaphylactic to these….luckily….

  21. Tami Wright-Carroll
    Tami Wright-Carroll September 17, 2014

    this was very. informative. i got a bee hive in my. Pine tree. and I have seen these in my garden as well. 

  22. drew gaines
    drew gaines October 31, 2014

    These fuckin hurt

  23. Viserliz
    Viserliz February 20, 2015

    ive got stung 30 times still here 😀 i luv life and im 9 i survived 😀

  24. Inthepocket
    Inthepocket June 9, 2015

    Yellow jackets are the worst. Got stung over the weekend. That's my fifth! Hate these little fuckers! It got my finger as I went to wring out water from a hat in the pool. For some reason this one was the most painful. Now my fingers swollen and itchy, can barely move it to give someone the finger.

  25. Inthepocket
    Inthepocket June 9, 2015

    Just clean the site and don't mess with it. The swelling and pain will go away,  in time.

  26. Vlogs_with_ Damian
    Vlogs_with_ Damian July 29, 2015

    I got stunk by a yellow jacket but it didn't leave the stinger behind the yellow jacket was stuck to my foot for a while and violently kept trying to get off my foot and then flew off stinger in tact

  27. tubastuff
    tubastuff August 7, 2015

    I think that the poster is confused.  Yellowjackets are wasps and don't leave stingers behind.  Unlike bees, they can sting again and again.  In the summer, where I live, in the Pacific Northwest, they're vicious and protein-hungry–and the do draw blood.  It's not unusual to see them all over roadkill, ripping bits of flesh off a carcass and carrying them back to the nest.  You don't have to disturb a nest to get stung–just being around a hungry wasp can be sufficient.

    I've seen yellowjackets attacking bald-faced hornets–with the hornets losing.

    A good yellojacket trap is to get a 5 gallon bucket, fill it about 2/3rds full with soapy water, then hang a fish or piece of chicken over the bucket, using three sticks as a tripod.  The wasps will tear off as much flesh as they can and fall into the water and drown.  Raccoons will also dig up the nests in search of food.

  28. Jehan Houston
    Jehan Houston October 25, 2015

    I got stung by one 3 times for NO reason and my brother

  29. Orsid
    Orsid November 6, 2015

    Today I got stung by a yellow jacket. It was my first time being stung. It got stuck in my cloth in my shirt and kept stinging me until it got out. I got stung 3 times it sucked…… Well thanks for showing me how to treat my stings.

  30. tahashahbaz
    tahashahbaz March 23, 2016

    when ever bee sting u just apply lemon on it u will see it will not sawllow and also pain also not that much u see it

  31. Ed Bond
    Ed Bond April 7, 2016

    yellow jackets can sting multiple times…they are in the wasp family. they do not leave a stinger or venom sac like a honeybee

  32. Arctic Draws
    Arctic Draws October 10, 2016

    I got stung by a Yellow Jacket at Star Lake, it hurt soon bad!!

  33. Arctic Draws
    Arctic Draws October 10, 2016

    My mom is like 43 and she only got stung twice in her life!!

  34. Matija Kruhoberec
    Matija Kruhoberec June 15, 2017

    Lmao i got stung 3 times by one single yellowjack in under 1 second and my arm is all red

  35. John Kneisly
    John Kneisly June 23, 2017

    Bees sting, A yellow Jacket will bite, I thought… Had 1 fly into my helmet today :!

  36. Hannigan Lewis
    Hannigan Lewis July 2, 2017

    stepped on one yesterday rip

  37. Ariii Baeee
    Ariii Baeee July 14, 2017

    so I saw a bee on the ceiling I sprayed it then I thought it died then I was watching tv then all I felt was a sharp pain it hurted so bad that I cried how do i know what type of be I got stung by or how do i know if there's still a stinger inside my skin

  38. Yuma Jarosz
    Yuma Jarosz August 16, 2017

    I got stung today at the pool it got me right behind my knee cap I freaked out and jumped in the pool I had the stinger stuck in me so I ripped it out and killed that thing

  39. marcjtdc
    marcjtdc October 15, 2017


  40. Royal Shawn
    Royal Shawn October 15, 2017

    Thanks man!

  41. Chris M Brown
    Chris M Brown November 6, 2017

    chewing tobacco is the best remedy for a yellow jacket sting it draws the venom out. also dont listen to this idiot because yellow jackets are wasps and dont leave behind a stinger.

  42. Emily Perez
    Emily Perez July 3, 2018

    Got stung by a yellow jacket 3 x on my arm 3 days ago ! No stinger was left behind on all 3 bites . But the pain is much worse than a bee sting . I was in pain for 2 and a half days . My bones were hurting in my arm and my arm was hot to the touch on each bites . I only used ice packets . But dammm !! I thought the pain would never go away . But it did on the 3rd day

  43. Ak Wild83
    Ak Wild83 July 14, 2018

    Got stung by yellow jackets at work the other day multiple times on the back side of my left arm, I'm looking like Popeye and holy crap the pain!!!

  44. Denis Berduo
    Denis Berduo July 30, 2018

    Just got sting by 6 while mowing

  45. Levi Penterman
    Levi Penterman August 7, 2018

    Just got stung by 7 of these fuckers

  46. Thistle .Chick
    Thistle .Chick August 8, 2018

    mmm, nope, you are thinking of Honey Bees. Yellow Jackets do not leave stingers.

  47. stepitup
    stepitup August 20, 2018

    Worse than a yellow jacket sting is having to watch rachel meddow in the advertisement before this video. This was painful

  48. KigTheNoob
    KigTheNoob September 28, 2018

    There is a yellow jacket nest in my back yard

  49. Trinnox Gaming
    Trinnox Gaming October 3, 2018

    Thank god there’s no stinger in me cause I got stung by a yellow jacket

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