Have you been noticing an increase in wasp activity around your home? You are not alone! The warm winter and warmer than average spring have brought on a major increase in wasp activity. Finding wasps outside or around your house can be a troublesome sight. These bugs can be annoying and can pose a threat to you and your loved ones. While many people are familiar with wasps and their dangerous and painful sting, there is a lot of information you may not know.
Here are 5 interesting facts about wasps:
They communicate through pheromones (scent or smell).
They are social insects that can release a pheromone that warns and alerts other wasps if they are harmed or threatened.
Wasps typically only swarm if their nest is disturbed.
To effectively treat you need to remove the nest and spray a repellent.
Removing a nest is the safest and easiest in the morning hours when temperatures are lower.
Signs of a Wasp Sting
If you're unsure if you have been stung by a wasp, here are some common signs to look out for near the point of contact with your skin:
What To Do if You are Stung by a Wasp
If you did get stung by one of these pests, you may see an injection site reaction, but don't panic! Here are some easy tips for dealing with wasp stings:
- Wash the infected area with warm soap and water.
- Apply ice to the sting to help reduce swelling and pain.
- Elevate the area to help reduce swelling.
- Consider applying an anti-itch lotion or medicine to the site.
- Consider taking anti-inflammatory medication or pain reliever if needed.
While the initial pain of these stings should subside relatively quickly, for some people, their venomous sting can be life-threatening. Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention if you are allergic to these insects, think you may be, or you're experiencing any severe symptoms. Signs of a serious allergic reaction may include difficulty breathing, throat or tongue swelling, rash or hives, vomiting, nausea, and more.
Dealing With a Wasp Infestation
If you are experiencing wasps in and around your home, you probably have a nest somewhere on your property. These pests are best dealt with by calling a local exterminator for proper removal. If you are located in Western Idaho and are looking for a wasp exterminator, give Vertex Pest Control a call, or check out our service areas! Our team is happy to help you get rid of wasps and wasp nests around your property.