The spring and summer months, while the most enjoyable time of the year for many people, also bring the risk of painful insect stings from bees, wasps and Yellow jackets as humans and insects spend more time together in the great outdoors. In general, these insects tend to sting people or animals when they feel threatened or perceive a threat to their nests or hives. Regardless, of the circumstances, people who get stung will immediately feel a sharp, burning pain, rapidly followed by a red welt at the sting site, with a small, white spot at the center marking where the stinger punctured the skin.
In most cases, the swelling and pain resolves within a few hours, however, as many as 10 percent of individuals develop a large local reaction experiencing exaggerated redness and swelling at the sting site that continues to gradually enlarge to around four-inches in diameter. After peaking around the second day, these reactions resolve over a period of five to 10 days.
In rare cases, approximately 3 percent of the public, individuals experience an extreme allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. These reactions may be life threatening and require immediate medical treatment. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include generalized itching, rashes or hives, tightness or swelling in the throat, upset stomach, including pain, nausea and vomiting, as well as dizziness. In one percent of anaphylaxis cases, people may experience severe shortness of breath, a drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and shock.
Preventing the Sting of from bees, wasps and Yellowjackets in Sydney
The best way to avoid the sting is to avoid attracting stinging insects in the first place.
- Trim vegetation near your home, as thick vegetation may provide nesting places for wasps and bees. Yellow jackets and wasps often nest in ground under porches. If you, or a family member, are allergic to bee stings, it’s best to keep flowering plants to a minimum on the property.
- Over seed grassy areas to get better coverage, as this will deter ground-nesting insects.
- Keep garbage in sealed receptacles and thoroughly rinse soda cans and other containers before placing them in recycling or garbage receptacles.
- Do not leave sweet drinks or meats in accessible areas and serve drinks in clear cups so you can easily spot an insect before you sip. Keep food covered in outdoor areas and be sure to remove food and trash after picnics and outdoor events.
- Note that DEET and other insect repellents are not effective against bees, wasps and hornets.
- Do not swat at stinging insects as it may provoke them. Instead, gently blow on it from a distance.
If you suspect an infestation or notice a hive or nest on your property, give us a call we have all the necessary equipment to safely remove the threat. Do not try to do it yourself.And remember prevention is always much better.
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