The other red wasps species known as the Polistes perplexus favours building their nests in more sheltered and natural places such as a hollow in a tree or an outside wooden structure. Red wasps feed on plant nectar that can be very sweet. They may also hang around homes and restaurants that sell sweet foods and maybe sweetmeats. Red wasps also prey on the likes of caterpillars that they feed to their larva inside their nest.
Red Wasps do Sting People,
Normally when they feel threatened. Red wasps would rather move around people rather than get into a conflict with them. When red wasps do feel threatened, weather its a single wasp or the colony, they can sting multiple times. The stinger of a red wasp can be removed from a victims skin fairly easily. A sting from a red wasp will hurt and cause swelling around the sting along with being very itchy for some time. Some people may experience a nasty rash with itchiness all over the body along with breathing problems that can result in wheezing. Very rarely, children may suffer from shock as a result of a red wasps sting.
Wasps including red wasps are attracted to people by loud noises, bright contrasting colours and some smells such as sweet perfumes.
Ice applied around the sting once removed can help sooth and calm swelling.
Removing a Red Wasps Sting
The first step is to locate the sting, this will probably be easy as it will already be hurting. It may look like a splinter or a tiny black dot. Before trying to pull it out with tweezers, it may be a good time to mention using them will do more harm than good. Studies have found that when tweezers are used, they squeeze more venom out of the stinger and into your skin. Its recommended that by using your index finger and thumb, you almost pinch the skin either side of the stinger and with one fast movement, you pull the stinger out. Another method is to use a blunt butter knife or similar and scrape it along your skin in the opposite direction of the sting and up to the sting without going over it. The red wasp sting should pop out.
Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?
- Fact One - Wasp s are not bees.
- Fact Two - Wasp s can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
- Fact Three - Wasp s are most aggressive from August to October.
- Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
- Fact Five - Wasp s become inactive at night.
- Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
- Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
- Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
- Fact Nine - Male wasp s don't have a stinger.
- Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
- Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
- Fact Twelve - Not all female wasp s are fertile.