Wasps Stings

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Wasps Stings
A wasps sting is very unpleasant and you are most likely to experience one in your life time. There are many different species of wasp found all over the world. The majority are beneficial as they eat insects and other pests found in your garden. However, late in the summer they do become a nuisance as they begin to look for rubbish and sweet things to eat and start to annoy people. When this happens, they can be very aggressive resulting in stings. Wasps that are more likely to give stings are the paper wasps, yellow jacket wasps and the bald faced hornet. The majority of wasps are unsocial with people and if they are irritated or you are to close to their nets, they will sting you. They are also very fast fliers so it would be a pretty bad idea to disturb their nest and try to outrun them!

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.

Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
There are many different types of wasps - hornets which can be found in every region of the world. The following articles details facts and information about many different types of wasps - hornets. There are also facts and information about the size of the different types of wasps - hornets, the habitat in which they live and an indication of how long they live. Everything you wanted to know about wasps - hornets, facts and info for kids, children and their teachers and for everyone interested in the facts about wasps - hornets.

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  • Classification of many different types of wasps - hornets
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