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Wasps and Hornets are rarely welcome in and around your home or office. The European Wasp and Paper Wasps are the most common species in Australia likely to establish a nest on your property. This article contains useful Wasp nest removal tips and information about how to kill wasps and wasp sting treatment.
Interestingly enough, although there is a multitude of insects in our environments it’s those that belong to the Hymenoptera order, Ants, Bees, Wasps and Hornets, that are most likely cause medical issues, sometimes resulting in hospitalization.
The severity of a wasp sting is determined by the following factors:
- The type of wasp sting – European Wasps are particularly nasty
- The location of the wasp bite on your body
- The number of times the wasp stings you
- Your allergic sensitivity.
Wasp sting treatment
Because wasps live in colonies if you one wasp stings you, you may be stung by many wasps. Reactions from a wasp sting can range from local reactions, such as burning pain, a red mark and swelling on the skin near the bite, to extreme, including possible death from anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction).
For local reactions, clean the affected area with soap and warm water. Apply an ice pack to reduce the swelling. Use pain reducing medications and creams if required.
Signs of a severe reaction include chest pain, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting. You may need to call 000 if you have these symptoms.
For further wasp sting treatment advice visit: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/European_wasp
Locating the wasps nest
If you are stung by a wasp, it is important to locate and destroy the wasp nest. A wasps nest could be located in a tree, a crevice in a pathway, guttering or inside holes in a wall of your house. A wasp nest is built in any place where wasps can access the outdoors in search of food and water.
Wasp nest removal
Wasp nest removal involves finding and spraying the wasps nest with chemicals so that all wasps are killed so that the wasps nest can be safely removed. The European wasp nest is located in a cavity such as a wall or in the ground. Paper wasps generally build their nests under a structure such as a beam, guttering, window frame or tree branch.
Spraying the wasp nest is a lot trickier than you might think and the most likely way to get a wasp sting. You could hardly blame the wasps.
Wasps have flight paths to and from the nest, so standing in the wrong place can result in being bombarded and stung by many. If you kill a wasp outside of its nest, it can give off a scent or pheromone which alerts others in the wasp nest to come out and fight, which can result in multiple wasp stings.
Unlike bees, an individual wasp can sting you many times and the wasp does not die from stinging you.
Why use a professional pest control company?
Wasp nests are often located in hard to reach areas. Pest Controllers are equipped with long reach lances which shoot insecticidal powders into the Wasp Nests effectively or alternatively will use commercial strength liquid insecticides.
Wasp nest removal cost varies depending on the location of the nest (for example ground floor versus second story) and the number of nests. The only way to ensure your family and friend’s safety is to call a professional pest control company for wasps removal.
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