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Are Wasps Dangerous?

October 25, 20227 min read

“If I be waspish, watch out for my sting.” - William Shakespeare

The main issue with wasps

One of the main problems humans have with wasps is that they can be aggressive and sting people. This can be a problem if you're allergic to wasp stings, as they can be very painful and even cause anaphylactic shock in some people. Wasps can also be a nuisance if they build their nests too close to human habitation, as they can become a danger to people if they feel threatened.

If you have a wasp problem, the best thing to do is to contact a professional pest control company who can safely and effectively remove the nest for you.

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With that said, here are 8 facts you should know about wasps

1. The difference between a wasp and a bee

While wasps and bees may look similar, there are actually a few key differences between the two. Here are the five main differences between wasps and bees:

1. Wasps are carnivores while bees are herbivores.

2. Wasps can sting multiple times while bees can only sting once.

3. Wasps are usually solitary while bees live in colonies.

4. Wasps build their nests out of chewed up wood while bees build theirs out of wax.

5. Wasps are often considered pests while bees are generally seen as beneficial insects.

2. The most common types of wasps found in Pennsylvania

There are many different types of wasps found in Pennsylvania, but some of the most common include the bald-faced hornet, the European paper wasp, and the yellow jacket. Each of these wasps has their own unique characteristics, but they all have one thing in common – they can be a nuisance!

Bald-faced hornets are one of the largest types of wasps found in Pennsylvania. They are black with white markings on their face, and can grow to be up to ½ an inch in length. These wasps are known for their aggressive behavior, and can often be found swarming in large groups. If you see a bald-faced hornet, it is best to stay away!

European paper wasps are another common type of wasp found in Pennsylvania. They are yellow and black, and are typically about ¼ of an inch in length. European paper wasps are often considered to be more docile than other types of wasps, but they can still deliver a painful sting if they feel threatened.

Yellowjackets are one of the most common types of wasps found in Pennsylvania. They are black with yellow markings and can grow to be up to ½ an inch in length. Yellowjacket stings are particularly painful and can be dangerous for those who are allergic to them. If you see a yellow jacket, it is best to stay away and call a professional for help.

3. Important things to know about a wasp sting

Wasp stings are quite painful and can be dangerous if you’re allergic. Here are some common facts about wasp stings:

-Wasp stings contain venom that can cause allergic reactions in some people.

-If you’re allergic to wasp stings, you may experience more serious symptoms like difficulty breathing, dizziness, or even anaphylactic shock.

-If you’re not allergic, you can treat a wasp sting at home with ice and over-the-counter pain medication.

-If you are allergic, you should seek medical attention immediately and carry an EpiPen with you at all times.

4. Will a wasp sting for no reason?

Wasps sting for a variety of reasons. One reason is because they are protecting their nests. If wasps feel threatened, they will sting in order to defend themselves and their homes. Wasps will also sting if they feel like they are being attacked. Another reason wasps sting is because they are trying to get food. Wasps are attracted to sweet things, so if you are eating something sweet, they may sting you in order to get to the food.

Will wasps sting for no reason? It is unlikely that a wasp will sting you for no reason. However, if you are doing something that is threatening to them or their nest, they may sting you in order to defend themselves. If you are eating something sweet, they may also sting you in order to get to the food.

5. What to do when stung by a wasp

If you are attacked by wasps, you should try to get away from them as quickly as possible. If you are stung by a wasp, you should remove the stinger and then wash the area with soap and water. You may also want to put a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. If you are having a severe allergic reaction, you should go to the hospital.

6. How to treat a wasp sting

Most wasp stings will cause a sharp pain and some redness and swelling around the sting site. If you are allergic to wasp venom, you may have a more serious reaction, including difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

If you have a reaction to a wasp sting that is not severe, follow these steps:

1. Remove the stinger. If you can see the stinger, try to remove it with a tweezers. If you can't see the stinger, don't try to find it.

2. Wash the area with soap and water.

3. Apply a cold compress. Wrap ice in a towel or use a cold pack for 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Take an antihistamine to reduce swelling and itching.

5. Apply a topical corticosteroid cream to reduce inflammation.

If you are stung more than once or if you have a severe reaction, you should see a doctor.

7. How to get rid of wasps

If you're dealing with a wasp problem, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them. First, try to identify where they're coming from and seal up any potential entry points. Wasps like to build their nests in dark, hidden places, so be sure to check behind doors and in any cracks or crevices in your home.

Next, try to eliminate any potential food sources that might be attracting the wasps. Wasps are attracted to sweet things, so be sure to keep your garbage can lids sealed tight and clean up any spills or crumbs right away. If you have a garden, be sure to keep it free of rotting fruit or other sweet items that might attract wasps.

Finally, you can try to trap the wasps using a variety of methods. You can buy wasp traps at your local hardware store, or you can make your own by filling a jar with sugar water and covering it with a lid with a small hole in it. The wasps will be attracted to the sugar water and crawl in through the hole, but they won't be able to get back out.

If you're still having trouble getting rid of the wasps, you can always call a professional

8. When is wasp season in Pennsylvania?

If you're like most people, you're probably not too thrilled about the idea of wasp season. After all, wasps can be pretty pesky creatures. They're always buzzing around, and they're not afraid to sting.

Wasp season in Pennsylvania typically runs from April through October. That means that right now, you need to be on the lookout for these pesky critters.

So, what can you do to avoid wasp stings? First, try to avoid wearing bright colors or perfumes. Wasps are attracted to these things, so they're more likely to sting you if you're wearing them.

Second, be careful when you're outdoors. Wasps are attracted to sweet things like fruits and flowers, so they might be hanging around picnic areas or gardens. If you see a wasp, just walk away and give it some space.

Finally, if you do get stung, don't panic. Most wasp stings aren't dangerous. Just wash the area with soap and water, and apply a cold compress to help with the pain and swelling.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to avoid wasp stings and enjoy the outdoors during summer.

Ted Hantwerker

Owner of Environmental Pest Solutions

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