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Wasp Stings: everything you need to know

Being stung by a wasp can be a very painful experience. Here you will find a comprehensive guide about wasp stings and how to treat them, courtesy of Manchester Pest Control your local wasp control experts Covering Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire.

How dangerous is a wasp sting?

The venom in a wasp sting contains a mix of chemicals which are designed to paralyze their insect prey. However, wasps also use their stingers to defend themselves (see reasons below). If a human being is stung by a wasp (although the same can apply for bees or hornets), the venom is injected into the blood stream, which can lead to different physical responses depending on individual circumstances:

• In most cases, the human body fights back and neutralises the sting. The location of the sting will still be painful for a little while, with a red swelling in that area, although this should clear up within a few days.
• In cases where a person is stung many times, the body may struggle to neutralise the quantity of venom and this could result in the individual feeling very faint, nauseous and in need of medical assistance to help them recover.
• Anaphylactic shock is the most severe reaction to being stung, and can be life-threatening unless the individual receives immediate treatment. A small number of the population do not have the antibodies in their blood to fight the venom from just a single sting, and this results in an allergic response that is outlined in more detail below.

Recognising the symptoms of anaphylactic shock

Unfortunately, where anaphylaxis is concerned, people often do not know that they suffer from it until they are stung. However, the symptoms are very pronounced and can occur very quickly, and it is important to recognise them for what they are. They could be some or all of the following:

• A rash that is red and itchy (and not just isolated to the site of the sting)
• Swollen hands, feet, eyes, lips and limbs in general
• Eyes becoming bloodshot, itchy or sore
• Breathing difficulty (caused by a swollen throat)
• Feeling dizzy or faint (due to reduced blood pressure)
• A peculiar taste in the mouth
• Feeling nauseous or actually being sick
• Experiencing a severe panic attack

If you believe you are experiencing anaphylactic shock, or see the signs in someone else, phone 999 straight away (or get someone to do it for you) as it can only be treated by medical professionals capable of administering injections of antihistamine to combat the venom.

Do wasps carry any diseases?

There are no specific diseases that wasps are known to carry. However, while they are foraging for food, their stingers may come into contact with bacteria on animal faeces or other unclean surfaces they touch. It is therefore possible that a wasp sting may contain bacteria which could infect the site of the sting. However, it is also just as possible for humans to infect a sting site themselves by scratching it, so care should be taken to clean the area of the sting and not to scratch it even if it is very itchy and tempting to do so!

Treatment of wasp stings

As mentioned above, cleaning the site of the sting is the best first step you should take. Unlike bees, wasps do not have a barbed stinger, which is one of the reasons why they can sting multiple times. If you’ve been stung by a bee, the stinger usually gets left behind, which is why bees only sting once and then they die – in such an instance, try to remove the barb as soon as possible as it will otherwise continue to inject venom from the detached venom sac.

There are creams and sprays available in the shops which can help to cleanse and heal stings, so it may be useful to think ahead and buy some of these as a precaution ahead of the summer. Otherwise, the sting can be treated with soap and water, and then the application of an ice pack (e.g., a packet of frozen peas wrapped in a dish cloth) can help to ease the discomfort by cooling the area of the sting.

Reasons why wasps sting

It may sometimes seem like a wasp or group of wasps have specifically targeted you even if you didn’t do anything to make them angry. There can, however, be a number of reasons why they are behaving in this way:

1) Without realising it, you may have disturbed their nest or come close enough to it that they feel the nest is under threat. They will defend the nest aggressively and in large numbers. If you find a wasp nest or believe you have one on your premises anywhere in the Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire area, contact Manchester Pest Control and we can quickly eliminate the wasp problem for you.
2) As the summer progresses, the number of wasps in a nest can become quite significant in size, which is another reason to stay away from nest sites and contact Pest control Manchester if you find a nest. As the wasp population increases, their insect food supply dwindles, which makes the wasps behave in a slightly drunken manner, and more likely to seek out sugary foods at picnics, barbeques and in our homes.
3) Wasp stings contain pheromones, which are powerful chemicals that enable wasps to leave scent trails for other wasps to follow, but can also communicate danger if a wasp believes it or the nest are under attack. This is why, if you swat a wasp that has entered your home, you may find that more appear in due course!

The best advice we can give if you encounter wasps and they are behaving in an aggressive way is to move away from them as quickly as you can, but without waving your hands in the air to try and ward them off – this will only make them angrier and more likely to sting you. Try to get indoors, or put a good distance between yourself and the wasps so that they lose interest.

Although Manchester Wasp Control can’t treat wasp stings, we can treat wasp nests, and we do so promptly, at a reasonable price, and with fast effects (usually the nest will cease to be a problem within 24 hours) so that you and your family and friends can get back to enjoying the summertime with less risk of being stung.

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