Help Dear Friends
I'm wasp-phobic and our garden is planted with many cotoneasters (I had no idea!!!).
Mostly they've kept to the bushes but today they're all over the garden and are coming into the house at a rate of one about every half hour - I have to leave the door open for the dogs.
I'm really phobic - sweats and heart-stopping panic and bolt-instinct. I'm now hiding inside and just weeping almost constantly and a bit exhausted.
I've never been stung. Does it really hurt? Are they really aggressive? Will they attack if I ignore them? I literally scream and run away if they come within 3 feet.
I've always been scared of them but was once sitting in the middle of several hundred people in a lecture theatre when one was flying about. It climbed up my neighbours trouser and stung her over and over on the leg. Now if I see them I run out of shops/cafes etc and hide in my car.
My husband doesn't tolerate my phobia and he's due home later and will be annoyed that I'm inside and so upset . I'm going to have to pretend to do some work so that he will leave me alone and all I want to do is hide under my duvet.
Any suggestions for coping strategies?