One may get a kick out of grown man flailing himself about when the slightest sign that a wasp may be near. It doesn’t matter that the man is so much larger than the wasp, that wasp’s sting can be quite a punch. A bee only has one sting in their arsenal. A wasp can keep stinging you which make them so much more menacing. However, there are some fascinating facts about wasps!

• Before you decide to swat and kill a wasp you much be aware that once they have been squashed, the wasp will release a pheromone. This alerts the other wasp that will cause them to become more aggressive. Not only did you vex the one wasp that was an easy kill, you just told his buddies that there is a fight to be had. • A wasp’s sting should only last about 24 hours, however a small number of people can go in anaphylactic shock from the wasp’s venom and become fatal. If you experience severe swelling of the face, lips, or throat, itching, hives, wheezing, gasping for air, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, stomach cramps, blood pressure drop, weak or racing pulse, then it is critical that you seek immediate medical attention. • Deodorant containing aluminum can be used to treat an ordinary sting. • Queens run the show as usual in their self-contained communities. And, as usual, there are the males and workers. • Drones are used to mate with the queen. Unfortunately, they die shortly after. • Bees swarm. Wasps do not. • European hornets strip out the bark in trees destroying the trees and bushes. • Baby wasps eat meat. • The only wasps that survive the winter are young fertilized queens. During the spring they build new nest, lay about a dozen eggs and care for the kids until they are old enough to become workers and protectors. • In the late summer, males and young queens fly off to mate. She then finds a place to hibernate. The original queen, her males and workers succumb to the winter and die off.

Applying a cold compress after washing the area clean with soap and water is the best way to treat a sting. If you experience any symptoms such as dizziness, swelling, difficulty breathing you may be suffering from an allergic reaction and need to seek medical attention immediately.

Do not wait around to see if a sting will cause a medical reaction. Zip Zap Termite & Pest Control has trained technicians who can professionally remove the little critters away and keep you and your loved ones safe. Call Zip Zap today. 816-407-PEST (7378)

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