Cool weather is finally among us. Aside from staying protected from the sun’s UV rays while outside, you will also want to be aware of a number of insects. Just as Arizonans now tend to spend more of their time enjoying the nice weather, the number of bugs also increases this time of year. One species in particular that no one wants to encounter is the wasps. Unlike honeybees, the stingers on these bees are not barbed, which essentially allows a wasp to sting its victims multiple times. In addition, wasps are very territorial and aggressive, which makes them an even greater threat to unknowing bystanders or people who venture too close to their nests while outdoors.
If you have been a victim of a wasp sting, knowing how to treat the wound is important. However, in addition to treating the sting, the first thing you should do after encountering these aggressive insects is get as far away as possible from the area. Chances are, you have likely come too close to the hive (which may or may not be clearly visible). Whatever you do, don’t attempt to swat the wasp. This will only aggravate the animal even more and cause it to keep stinging. Once you are safe and out of harm’s way, here are a few tips to help you treat your wasp sting.
After treating your sting, make sure to contact a Phoenix pest control company if you suspect you may have a wasp problem in or around your home or backyard. There are many experienced pest control companies in Phoenix and throughout the Valley, such as Green Home Pest Control, that offer specialized pest control in Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, and surrounding areas. It is always better to call an expert than to risk serious injury when dealing with a pest control problem, such as wasps or bees. Always remember that people die every year from bee and wasp stings, so let an expert take care of the problem for you.
Great home remedies for treating wasp stings (and other bug bites)
- Use ice: the first thing you will notice upon being stung (aside from sharp pain) is redness and swelling at the injection site. This is caused by the wasp venom irritating the skin. Covering the area with a pack of ice will reduce the swelling and allow you to remove the stinger (if present) more effectively.
- Apply baking soda or salt: these substances are great for stinger extraction, as they work to draw it to the surface for easier extraction. Getting the stinger as quickly as possible is a must to prevent the release and subsequent spreading of additional venom.
- Wash the infection site: use mild soap and water, then apply hydrogen peroxide to sanitize the wound. In addition, dabbing the area with a mild acid such as vinegar, lemon or lime juice will work to neutralize the venom and reduce further inflammation.
- Make use of plants in your garden: there are many plants that have naturally healing agents. Marigolds, Aloe Vera leaves and Basil can all be used to disinfect and cleanse skin that has been subject to a wasp sting or bug bite.
- Stick to the basics: if you don’t have access to the green home remedies listed above and don’t want to use store bought products, you can always grab some mud and rub it on the wound. This, as well as chewing tobacco (believe it or not) can be quite effective for eliminating the pain and discomfort associated with bug stings. Mud can also be used to extract a stinger that is stuck inside skin.
Hopefully, these green home remedies can help relieve the pain of an unpleasant wasp sting or bug bite. Though, in the end, always remember that safety comes first. If you feel sick or experience an allergic reaction after a wasp sting or bug bite, seek medical help, and never try to approach or dispose of a bee or wasp nest if you do not have the experience and equipment to do so. Call your Phoenix pest control expert with questions and concerns.