When a wasp stings, it is most often accompanied by pain and swelling around the affected area, healing by itself after a few days. Though very few people die annually from wasp stings in Canada, caution is still advised with these insects. Especially for those that are allergic to a wasps sting. Summertime is when most people like to be outside enjoying the nice weather, either by having picnics, barbecues or just enjoying a nice afternoon on the deck, but this puts people in the direct path of insects. Wasps are normally not aggressive towards humans, but they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. By far, the greatest risk from wasps stings come in situations when a person is trying to knock down or destroy their nest. Naturally, by destroying their nests, you are directly attacking the wasps. In this situation, which is life-threatening to wasps, they have been known to attack in large numbers in order to defend their nests.
How to Avoid Wasps Stings
There are a number of actions people can make that startle wasps and trigger aggressive responses. Avoiding these mistakes can save you from possible stings. Here are some of the things you can do to prevent being stung by wasp:
Don’t swat the wasps – Attempting to swat the buzzing insects around you is not a good decision to make, as this scares the wasp. When scared, wasps will respond with a defensive sting. What’s dangerous here is the fact that the other wasps nearby will sense the venom from the sting, alerting them to attack as well.
Cover your foods – Wasps will swarm on the smells of foods and sweet drinks. If you’re having a barbecue or a picnic outside, keep all the food and beverages covered to avoid drawing wasps.
Be careful when eating outside – While it may seem that a wasp is particularly interested in you, wasps rarely fly around people with the intention of attacking. They may be drawn to your cold drink or snack. Often times, a wasp may be on your food or drink, if you’re not paying attention this could lead to a potentially painful scenario. Incidents of wasps stinging near the mouth region are even riskier with the fact that an allergic reaction or swelling can quickly spread to the throat. When this happens, you could face the danger of suffocating. Remember to always inspect your food or drinks before consuming them.
Stay calm around wasps – While your initial reaction may be to try and swat the wasp away, understand that the wasps are only there trying to get food, and will most likely leave if they are denied access to the food. It’s very important to not make sudden moves around wasps or try to attack them.
Want to Avoid Wasps Nests? Call Truly Nolen Pest Control
A wasp or two in your front yard isn’t an alarming sign, but if you seem to face dozens of them on a daily basis, there’s a possibility a wasps nest is somewhere on your property. If you have spotted a nest, call Truly Nolen Canada for professional pest control assistance. Our technicians will run a thorough inspection of your property, detecting any wasps nest and assessing their size. After this, we will plan out the strategies to remove them, giving you extra advice on adjustments to make in order to keep the wasps away.