Around 3% of adults and only slightly fewer children suffer extreme and potentially life-threatening systemic reactions to wasp stings. While deaths are extremely rare and usually occur in older people, discomfort, often severe, is experienced by anybody unlucky enough to be stung by wasps.
Adults can be made aware of the threat posed by wasps and are more able to keep clear or remove a wasp without getting stung themselves. However, accidents still occur readily.
Keeping Children Safer
Children are naturally curious and also may not be as aware of dangers as they become engrossed in play.
In summer months, it can be a challenge to make young children aware of the dangers of approaching or remaining near wasps without causing them to become irrationally fearful. The only way to properly protect your family, staff or premises is to have a wasps nest treated as soon as you become aware of it.
We are aware that a number of consumer-focused solutions are available on the market which can be used when attempting to destroy wasps nest. However safely accessing the nest without danger to yourself can be difficult, time-consuming and the chemicals used can be hazardous in themselves. Call the professionals at AMES to deal with your problem before a wasp infestation gets out of hand. Don’t leave it to chance.
Normal Local Reaction
After a wasp sting the site directly affected and a locus of about five centimetres will become swollen and this can last for more than a day. The whole area such as the hand, arm, chest and neck can suffer a general discomfort or pain.
Mild body reaction
Usually mild reactions are seen across the skin with swelling in small areas seen practically anywhere on the body, not necessarily close to the sting itself.
Children suffering these symptoms are usually no more predisposed to future problems than anyone else. However, stings causing mild body discomfort or effects to adolescents or adults often predict a severe reaction or even an extreme reaction in future cases.
Severe Reactions Or Anaphylactic Shock
There are several extremely serious warning signs which can occur immediately after a wasp sting.
Some people are aware of their danger and carry a special adrenaline auto-injector pen to deliver remedial medication while they await medical attention. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware that they are particularly at risk.
If any of these symptoms are observed, the victim should be given immediate medical attention by a doctor or hospital A & E department:
- Swelling of the mouth, neck or throat of the victim
- Extremely swollen limbs
- Difficulty in breathing (due to swelling in the throat or underlying asthma)
- Difficulty in swallowing or even speaking
- Sudden weakness, faintness, collapse or unconsciousness (blood pressure drop)
- Abdominal cramps
- Hives anywhere on the body or flushing of skin
Preventing Wasp Problems
Wasps nest readily in wall spaces, ceiling cavities, lofts or disused parts of buildings which are protected. The best course of action is to destroy the nest before it gets too big before the wasps become a problem in the first place.
Call AMES Wasp Control straight away on 0121 443 1111 or send us a message using our contact us page. Our experienced staff will visit you and remove your problem quickly and affordably. We are confident that you will be glad that you chose us to tackle a potentially dangerous problem.
Wasps are generally far more aggressive than bees and can attack without warning. Avoid provoking wasps as a dead wasp will release chemical alarm signals that attract other wasps to the area and can make the problem worse.
The best way to avoid interest from wasps is to wear pale fabrics without bright coloured areas or flower patterns that cover your body, avoid aftershave or perfumes, and keep food and drink, particularly sweet substances, away from where you are or clear them away promptly.
In summer it is particularly sensible to keep a watch on any drinks cans or covered cups that you are using as wasps can easily crawl inside and sting the vulnerable mouth area or worse, inside the mouth or throat if accidentally swallowed.
Wasp Nests Must Be Treated To Avoid Attacks
There is no better way to reduce the impact that a new wasp nest can have on your premises, your house, your staff for your family.
Have your wasp nest treatment carried out at the earliest opportunity. We can often attend the same or next day.
With a rapid response and removal of the wasp nest, destroying the infestation is the quickest route to safety.
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Managing A Wasp Sting
If the sting has become stuck in your skin and left behind, you may be able to gently remove it with your nails to prevent it pumping any more venom into the wound.
Take care not to remove a sting with your fingers as squeezing the venom sac incorporated into the sting will suddenly release more venom into the wound and can cause worse reactions. Only attempt this if you can flick the sting out without squeezing it. Wasps don’t usually leave a sting behind and may sting more than once if they are trapped or agitated.
The best way to treat a recent wasp sting is to place an ice pack or pack of frozen vegetables on the area of the sting and sit or lie down to prevent falling in the case of faintness.
A doctor or pharmacist may recommend that you take a rapid acting anti-histamine for local reactions, or apply an antihistamine cream.
If the reaction is particularly strong, but remains localized, steroids such as prednisolone may be prescribed by your GP, to be used soon after the sting and repeated every day for three days.
Anaphylactic Shock / Very Strong Reactions
In these cases it is very important that action is taken immediately to avoid very, very serious implications.
- If victim has adrenaline or epinephrine auto-injector handy, it should be used immediately.
- Call an ambulance immediately, tell them that there’s a suspected case of anaphylaxis following a wasp sting.
- The patient should be put in a lying position, not allowed to move around.
- If recovery has not begun after five minutes a second adrenaline injection may be administered.
- Even after recovery, the patient should attend hospital for observation as secondary reactions can occur.
- Asthmatic patients should use their blue inhaler AFTER the injection.
- If you are aware that you suffer from severe reactions to insect stings, tell all of your colleagues, family, friends and anyone else that works around you in case of incident.
- Wearing a medical bracelet or medallion with details of your allergy will also help.
- Always check drinks cans before drinking. In summer, as insects can very quickly crawl inside the can and deliver a dangerous sting.
- Avoid windfall fruit and walking barefoot in summer when wasp activity is high.
I Have A Wasp Nest On My Property What Should I Do?
The most important piece of advice we can give is to immediately call us if you detect a wasp nest in or near your home or office so that we can take care of it before any worse problems arise.
AMES Wasp Control proudly offer one of the most efficient and competitively priced services in the West Midlands and surrounding region.Give us a call today: 0121 443 1111. Or send us a message online here.
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