The Caribbean Dictionary

jack spania
1 definition
avispa, jep, marabunta, was
animal, insect
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jack spanias Jun 21, 2013
just want to find out if u get bite if its dangerous
Diana York Jan 09, 2014
If stung, what are reactions?
Nick Jan 27, 2014
Marabunta (or Maribo) is not a synonym for a Jep, it's an entirely different insect. If you see a Maribo and swing at it, friends will soon follow; lots and lots of friends.
Richard John May 29, 2015
More like Jack Spenna
rich Jul 30, 2015
the brown one in trinidad is jack spaniard or jep. Marabuntas are black, smaller and the nest is a totally enclosed mud ball with small entry holes and generally found in trees
David knight Nov 05, 2015
I live in the good old usa of a, what happens if you get stung by one of these ? Do you need to get medical help right away or is it just like a bee sting
Rach Feb 22, 2016
In St. Vincent, Jack Spanya is fluorescent orange (for DANGER lol) and sting is not dangerous unless you are allergic, however, it feels like someone hit you with a sledge hammer when they do sting. Also, where one is many will follow and swarm if feeling threatened. Best to stand still and not swipe at it. If you have a problem with them at your house, a fake nest will make them leave.
Hurt Feb 23, 2016
I got bite and it hurt Wat to do
Rishi Apr 26, 2016
I got sting by a jep.sting wat to do
Abstrak268 May 03, 2016
A fake nest?! How that one work?
Nameless May 18, 2016
Wait a minute a wasp thought it was some type of wild bee?
Laplaine Apr 25, 2017
If stung what's the reaction ?
SISI May 01, 2017
I have been stung by a few of these as a child... it just hurts, nothing happens
VOUKA May 02, 2017
Ayy May 02, 2017
Yep you just get a bump which hurts
A non xenophobic May 04, 2017
Toothpaste...that's what the old folk say. Rub some on and it'll be good. Idk how it works but it eases whatever, i guess
Clara Baksh Mar 11, 2018
If stung put toothpaste on the area tha was stung
Patrick Sep 08, 2018
Know it as jack spanna ,if allergic to it you can run a fever but normally put some ice on it for the swelling and to get the stinger out of you
Dr. Joe Nov 09, 2018
Rub with deodorant. It will ease the Pain.
Dragon age Jan 09, 2019
one was ... Chasing me I did not know it was a wasp
Andre Feb 20, 2019
U just get Spaniard from a Jack
HumbleYouth Feb 24, 2019
Well I got stung on Saturday around 2 pm ..i was at the beach so instantly I went in the water you are supposed to put the ryme of any 3 bushes on the area ...squeeze out the lance man when it was 9pm my hand started paining alot not where I go stung but my elbow joints and my wrist and fingers that continued till Sunday evening with scratching rotation n swelling ..i didn't take out d lance :(
HumbleYouth Feb 24, 2019
It's a real painful experience really cramp my style
Lehi Apr 14, 2019
Well my dad is Grenadian 🇬🇩 . He said that he hasn’t seen any Jep “Jack Spanya” there, only Maribo. Jep stings aren’t fatal unless you’re allergic to it. Symptoms include head ache and slight fever for some. Rubbing toothpaste on the sting should do the trick 😊
k.a Apr 27, 2019
i know it as jack spania and mybone
Clifford Sep 29, 2019
These are being mixed up with wasps, The West Indies have these which are not what others call wasps.Look up Jack Spaniards on Google (pronounced Jack Spanya in TrinBago), usually Brown (or Orange), Black and some have a little mix of colour not as much yellow. As said not usually fatal but large swelling and lots of pain. Of course if a whole nest swarms no guarantees from me.
Kate Oct 25, 2019
I was stung by a Jack Spaniard, very bad reaction. Swelling, hives, developed venom poisoning. Spent 5 hours in the ER after flying home from USVI to the states. Benadryl is what you need! It’s been over a week since the sting and still suffering from the after effects. I need to carry an EpiPen now. Bees lose their stingers, wasps do not & can sting multiple times. Their stingers can
Kate Oct 25, 2019
Wasp stingers can break off though. They will continue to pump venom if left in. Don’t squeeze it out it will pump out venom. Scrape across the surface with a credit card or back of a knife.
Ad Nov 21, 2019
The Jack Spanya I know of do not have venom that can kill you unless you are allergic. Honestly if stung the only thing to worry about is the pain so yeah
AJ Dec 01, 2019
Have anyone ever heard about 100 miles Jep ? When I was young one bit me on the forehead. I got fever. This Jep was about 3 times the size of a wasp and all black. The nest was like a huge mud ball and sit about 80ft high up in a tree.
Jee Apr 20, 2020
I've been stung a lot of times trailing. I'm not dead 😉😉😉
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
Hello - a jep is either red or black and have those nests with hexagonal sections in it like in the picture. Red jeps aren't deadly and neither are black jeps, but they both hurt. The difference is that when stung by a red jep, the sting hurts for a few hours and swelling will occur. Just wait it out. A black jep sting may require antibiotics, as their venom is stronger and hurts more. Leave them.
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
Another difference between the red and black jeps are the fact that only the red jeps have that open hexagonal shaped nest. They sometimes make their nest in trees, under leaves and other "calm" outdoor areas, but they apparently like building their nests on the outside of buildings. Black jeps, however, mainly build their nests outside on branches and the nest looks like a small inverted squash.
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
A red jep nest typically has 5 - 12 jeps [on] it, but that number varies with the size of the nest. Black jep nests have a lot more jeps [in] it and usually aren't seen, although there might be a few soldiers/ guards on the outside. Black jep nests have a small entry/exit hole at the bottom and they tend to nest in trees that produce fruit. Im my next post, I'll tell of ways to get rid of the jeps
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
If there are red jeps nesting on/around your house and you want them gone, there are a few ways to do so. Firstly, you can smoke them out - make a small fire on the ground near the nest (use paper, leaves, sticks etc to produce a lot of smoke). When they fly away, or die, use a broom, PVC pipe, stick or any suitable object to hit down the nest. It might be a bit difficult as they build strong nest
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
Another ay to get rids of red jeps is to have fun :P If you like adrenaline - you can soak a cloth in water, wring it out and throw the cloth directly at the nest. Whether you hit it or not, run. Jeps will fly towards you and they can fly quickly. Repeat until you successfully hit down the nest and the jeps will leave, as there isn't any place for them. Keep in mind, that they might come back.
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
A long stick, PVC pipe, broom, or other object of the like can be used to hit own the nest directly, while keeping you at a distance. Simply move the stick close to where the top of the nest is making contact with the house and shove the stick forward to break down the nest. Repeat until the entire nest has been broken down and feel free to step on the nest while it is on the ground. Wear slippers
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
As obvious as it may seem, you can use bug spray to get rid of the jeps quickly and "safely". Jeps don't really like being sprayed, so they will probably fly towards and sting you. Once all the jeps are gone (whether they flew away or died), get rid of the nest, so they won't come back soon. Should you get stung by one or more red jeps, pouring cool water on the sting tends to ease the pain a bit.
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
The sting from red jeps aren't deadly, unless it was a baby that got stung. If it is indeed a baby, immediately visit the nearest clinic or hospital, so they can reduce the swelling. Swelling isn't much of a problem for children or adults, but it can potentially induce choking for a baby, as their neck/windpipe is smaller. A jep stung baby will also be in intense pain, but children might just cry.
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
Jeps tend to aim for the neck or eyes when they want to sting (to reduce the abilities of the threat), so if you are going to be around jeps, it is helpful to wear glasses, or something to protect your eyes. If they do sting close to your eyes, expect swelling to occur and last for about a day or 2. If you are allergic to jep stings, the swelling may be larger and last for longer, and hurt more
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
Black jeps are a different story. Since they usually build on trees and away from people, they are less of a threat. Should you see a black jep nest in your park, field, wherever and it is a potential threat to others (people, animals, pets), the best way to get rid of the nest is to pelt it with stone. Yes,gather a few stones and start throwing them at the nest. Try to break apart the entire nest
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
Of course, when pelting a black jep nest, ensure that there are no one in the close area and that there is sufficient space to run away. This is important, as black jeps are not only looking for who is pelting the nest, but also anyone in the area. If you are standing still when a black jep nest is being harrassed, expect to get stung. Jeps don't go alone - when one comes to sting, more follows
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
A black jep sting hurts quite a bit and feels like if someone stuck a red hot needle in your back (or wherever you got stung). The pain is like a rollercoaster - not bad at first, then starting to hurt, this really hurts, this is REALLY hurting now, red hot needle, OUCHHHHHHHHHH, am I bleeding? Are you sure I'm not bleeding? It feels like I'm bleeding (in seconds) and then as days go, less pain
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
A black jep sting is a tiny black dot at first (the stinger) with a 2 inch wide circle of swelling around it. As the seconds go by, the circle of swelling gets larger and larger, bringing more pain with it. As best as you can, don't think about the pain and it won't hurt as much. A nice shower helps (not a lot, but anything is better than nothing) and days later, the swelling will reduce to gone.
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
A jep is not a maribone (or the name close to that). A maribone is a smaller, black and yellow striped flying stinging insect. They build nests high up in trees, or in lower hanging branches or leaves :/ (banana leaves). Their nest is a small brown sphere, looks like paper mache and has a small exit hole at the base. The nest can be larger and contain more maribones. The sting isn't bad - numerous
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
When one maribone comes to sting you, they send a distress signal for others and that causes many more maribones to fly out and sting you as well. There is a larger version of the maribone and their sting is a lot worse (comparable to that of a jep) and again, it's usually not one sting, but numerous. Their nests are like brown paper mach cylinders, again with a small exit hole at the bottom of it
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
A maribone is similar to a jack spania, but the differ in size - maribones tend to be a bit smaller than jack spaniards, but the sting is almost the same. A maribone or jack spaniard looks like a slim version of a bee. Jeps, maribones and jack spaniards also have a shiny abdomen (stinging part in the back), whereas the bee's abdomen looks fuzzy. A bee's sting is worst than a maribone/ jack spania
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
Some jeps/ wasps don't make visible nests on trees or building, but rather, they make their nest in the ground. If you know that there are jeps in the area and see a small pencil sized hole in the mud or sand (mostly sand), that's likely the wasp nest underground. Pouring rubbing alcohol in the hole and lighting it tends to work at killing them (if you see the wasp enter the hole to begin with)
Sebastian Oct 07, 2020
Jeps, wasps, maribones, jack spaniards, sand wasps and hornets are pests. They contribute nothing to society, make building look bad, make people not want to pick their own mango/ their neighbors mangoes and should be killed. Have no mercy on them - BOP spray and a lighter - roast them. HOWEVER, BEES ARE GOOD. DO NOT KILL BEES - CALL A BEE SPECIALIST TO REMOVE ANY BEE HIVES. BEES ARE GOOD FOR US
Seth Oct 15, 2020
How many people were stung in one year?
Aa Oct 27, 2020
Over a 1000 people I guess
Aa Oct 27, 2020
And I got stung once,when I was a kid.The pain is UNBEARABLE
Sure but unsure Nov 19, 2020
Jeps, Maribo and anything alike all belong to the wasp family of you get stung just wash the stinger out of you skin with soap and do not use toothpaste you need to wash and then apply Benjies or cream to decrease pain. The sting feels like a doc's needle or worse depending on where you stung. Also respect nature and nature may respect you so don't go killing random jep nest or may backfire
Rosey Haynes Jan 14, 2021
I'm only eleven years old and I got stung by this and it hurt and it swollen my foot wat will happen to me next??😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
Aa Feb 13, 2021
Dont worry the pain will go away,I got stung and still alive :)
Charise Mar 14, 2021
Brenda Jul 04, 2021
Just sharing on the Trini ‘Jep’ aka Jack Spaniard. I personally know 3 persons, who I have witnessed after being stung by a single ‘Jep’ they immediately start swelling severely by the face and throat, and cannot breathe. If within 20 minutes they do not make it to the ER they do not survive. Does anyone know what can be done for this, beside Epipen, any anecdotes? It can be a deadly
Mello Aug 11, 2021
We call it jack spania. I got stung by them many times as a yout, but thats because I use to catch them in my hands or fling stones at the nest
Ronald Feb 10, 2022
Yes the jep is either red or black they are harmless but they really hurt and they will chase you down and they will sting you up, don’t stay still, but run fast ! What you have to worry about is the smaller kind of stripped one called Maribone. They chase you down too !
D May 10, 2022
They’re harmless to me. They will try to fight you though lol. I’ve had a lot of experiences with them, multiple at a time at times. I remember one came after me I tried to hit it, he dodged all my hits like a boss, he even came back looking for me!!! Lol really funny. But their sting depends on your pain tolerance because there is a good deal of sting.
Reika Aug 02, 2022
I got stung on my toe and my whole instep is swell and it hurts alot. What should do to get rid of swelling and pain?
Fazio Nov 02, 2022
As a kid I would get rid of them and their nest with my high powered Water Pistol Filled with soapy Water. once they are immobilized and hit the Floor , I simply step on them.
King Jul 20, 2023
Jack spania, mess with one and it will run u down like ah gunman 😂😂😂
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Cher Sep 25, 2023
Thanks for the info @Sebastian .. very useful. Need to get rid of a huge Maribone nest hanging at the top of my mango tree.
Nyah Feb 04, 2024
Today a jeep was on my head I took it of and it sing me I am a child turning 10 and cried trying to call my mother at that time I was at my grandmother's talking to my neighbor
Nyah Feb 04, 2024
Today a jeep was on my head I took it of and it sing me I am a child turning 10 and cried trying to call my mother at that time I was at my grandmother's talking to my neighbor