Wasp stings are best compared with bee stings. When a bee stings it losses its stinger and normally dies, the stinger gets stuck in the victims skin as it has fishhook like barbs on it. When trying to pull the sting out, if you are not careful, you are more likely to squeeze more venom out of the stinger and into you. A wasps sting is different as they can give multiple stings as their sting is smooth and can be removed from the skin. Their venom also contains a pheromone that attracts other wasps to sting giving you a lot of wasps and a lot of stings.
Interesting fact, its only the female wasp that stings with male wasps not living for very long.
The best prevention of wasps stings is to avoid wasps if possible. The next step is to avoid attracting them as things such as perfumes/colognes and bright coloured, contrasting clothing can attract them. If attracting them is unavoidable and they continuo to bother you, insecticide my be a good way to keep them away.
A wasps sting will affect only the are it stung resulting in the initial sting being unpleasant such as a needle prick followed by some pain and discomfort. The sting area may also swell up and then become very itchy. A single sting, while being uncomfortable, is not dangerous unless you are allergic and need medical attention. Multiple stings can be more dangerous even if you are not allergic and more so for children and the elderly. An adult in good health can survive a good number of stings while feeling very uncomfortable. However, if stung around or over a dozen times medical help should be found. With many stings, a very serious reaction may be on the way and help may be needed very fast.
Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?
- Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
- Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
- Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
- Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
- Fact Five - Wasps 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 wasps 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 wasps are fertile.