They ruin picnics all summer long and evoke fear in many adults and children alike but do we really need to be concerned with wasps?
Check Out These Reasons Why The Answer Is YES!
The sting of a wasp should wear off within 24 hours however in the UK 200,000 to 400,000 people are stung by wasps and seek out medical attention.
Typically the required treatment for wasp stings is antihistamines, antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatory treatments, topical and systemic pain killers.
However 4 out of every 10 people stung will experience some degree of wasp sting induced angina.
More Seriously Check Out The Figures On Wasp Induced Hospitalisations
1,000 people stung by wasps will need to be hospitalised for a range of conditions anaphylaxis, kidney failure, Guillain Barre Syndrome, blindness, limb threatening swelling and life threatening infections requiring surgery and amputation.
It is not just angina that a wasp sting can trigger! 1,000 people stung by wasps will need to be hospitalised for wasp sting induced heart attacks! Such heart attacks may occur up to 2 weeks after a person is stung!
Not content with ruining your lunch the stripy menace can be responsible for cases of food poisoning. Wasps harbour faecal bacteria which they have accumulated during their hunting cycle by rooting through faecal matter on their hunt for insects. They then deposit the bacteria on our food equating to numerous cases of food poisoning most commonly E. coli.
So What Is The Best Way To Deal With Wasps? Here Are A Few Tips…
The venom in wasps contains a pheromone which triggers and alerts other wasps to be aggressive. Avoid swatting one around other wasps or a wasp’s nest. Remember A nest may contain 5,000 individual wasps! Usually wasps do not swarm unless aggravated and protecting their own nest.Wasps are also attracted by certain colours, especially white and yellow. Like most insects, they cannot see the colour red.
Wasps are also attracted to light, so as it starts to get dark, try to avoid switching on outdoor lamps or using candles until you really have to.Keep your rubbish secure to avoid attracting wasps to your property.Wasps do not just like sweet tastes, they like salt and the smell of sweat so wear deodorant if it’s hot to avoid them being attracted to you. However overly sweet smelling perfumes will attract them so use sparingly!Clear fallen fruits from your garden as this will attract wasps.Check these common areas for nesting- trees and shrubs, beneath eaves, and within other areas like wall voids and lofts.Do not leave your pets food out – wasps are not fussy and will happily feast on this and sting your pets!Try planting Plants such as wormwood, eucalyptus, mint and citronella as they are natural wasp deterrents. If you find you have a wasp nest in your property, or even if you suspect you may have one, just call us for advice and we will help you to decide on the steps you need to take.
Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have concerns about a wasp nest and we will do our best to help you. For worry-free wasp nest removal, call us today on:0800 158 3885