If we gave you 10 seconds to list all of the insects that sting how many do you think that you could name? Bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets would probably some of the first insects mentioned by most people. If we asked you about these different insects what could you really tell us about them besides the fact that they sting? Many people do not really know that much about these stinging insects. Today Effective Pest Services will highlight the wasp.
Is there Anything Positive About Wasps?
One of the facts that may surprise you about wasps is that they do more good than harm in the world. They play a vital role in protecting gardens and farm crops. Wasps capture and consume insects such as flies, caterpillars, and beetle larvae which help control pest populations from ruining crops. Many farmers will keep wasps on their farm to help their crops from being destroyed.
What Do Wasps Inject when They Sting?
Unfortunately wasps do sting and their sting can indeed by extremely dangerous. Sometimes their stings can even be deadly. Male wasps do not have stingers, so only female wasps can actually be accused of stinging you. The female wasp is a very protective mother and can be aggressive as she protects her nest. There are many different chemicals in wasp stings. The chemical Kinnin is in all wasp stings. Researchers have not been able to determine much about this chemical and the effects that has on humans. Acetylcholine is the chemical in the venom that actually inflicts the pain when you are stung. The Phosopholipase B found in wasp venom breaks down cell membranes. As this happens, cellular contents are spilled into the blood stream. This breakdown tells our brain that we are experiencing pain. As if the pain is not bad enough, the norepinephrine chemical constricts your blood vessels and can stop the flow of blood causing the stinging sensation. The sting of the wasp will last for several minutes. Eventually the norepinephrine will be become diluted and your blood stream will carry the venom away. You will also begin to itch when stung by a wasp. This itching is caused by the histamine found in the venom. Antihistamines are recommended for treatment for the itching.
What is the Best Home Remedy for Wasp Sting?
If you are stung by a wasp you will want to take the following steps. First, wash the area that has been stung with water and soap to remove as much of the venom as possible. Second, apply a cold pack to the wound site to reduce swelling and pain. Third, keep the wound clean and dry to prevent infection. Putting a bandage on it will also help with this step. Next you can use hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to help soothe the discomfort. You can also use ibuprofen to manage the pain. If the symptoms persist or worsen contact a doctor immediately.
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Wasps are likely to be found under the eaves of your house, around door and window frames, in shacks, in a tree, in a wall, and sometimes hidden underground. They can also be attracted to sweet smells. Sugar increases their lifespan and reproductive function. If you find wasps on your property you will want to make sure that you get rid of them to prevent them from stinging members of your family. Effective Pest Services would be happy to help come up with a plan that will help get rid of the wasps effectively. Give us a call today!