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How to treat a wasp sting

Wasps are one of the most common stinging insects that bother homeowners. What’s worse than a wasp infestation? Wasp stings. It's imperative that people who have a wasp sting allergy protect themselves from wasps and other stinging insects. These individuals may experience anaphylactic shock, which is a severe allergic reaction that can cause skin rash, difficulty breathing, vomiting and in absolute worst cases, death. 

Luckily, wasp stings resulting in anaphylaxis are rare, but if you or someone you know is stung by a wasp, there are remedies to reduce swelling so you can find relief fast. 

Disclaimer: If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of anaphylactic shock, call emergency medical services immediately.

Wasp sting symptoms

Common symptoms of a wasp sting includes: 

  • A read welt at sting site 
  • Burning sensation 

As stated before, if you are experiencing: 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Dizziness 
  • Nausea 
  • Swelling of the throat or tongue 

We advise you to seek medical help immediately.

How to treat wasp stings

Before you treat a wasp sting, we recommend you remove the stinger first. You can do this by gently scraping the surface of the skin with the edge of a credit card. Then, clean the area with warm water and soap. 

For pain relief, you can apply and remove an ice pack in 10 minute intervals for up to an hour. You may also find relief by taking an over-the-counter painkiller or an antihistamine to reduce localized swelling around the sting.

Wasp sting home remedies

These simple ways to stop swelling should alleviate wasp sting pain. Home remedies using acidic ingredients can help neutralize the wasp venom, as well. If you are experience life threatening symptoms, call emergency medical services.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar - Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the sting with light pressure.

  • Lemon or Lemon Juice - If you have a whole lemon, slice it in half and apply to sting. If you happen to have lemon juice, just take a cotton ball or cotton swab and soak it in lemon juice. 

How to avoid wasp stings

The best way to protect yourself from wasp stings is to prevent wasps from entering your home or outdoor area in the first place. The late summer and fall are when wasps are most active. This is why you often see them swarming around food at picnics or in outdoor eating areas. 

Some practical things you can do to avoid being stung are: 

  • Keep drinks and food in sealed, air-tight containers 
  • Throw out trash regularly so you avoid overflowing garbage cans
  • Do not swat or scream at wasps for this will aggravate them, increasing the likelihood of being stung
  • Avoid wearing bright colors or perfumed soap and shampoo 
  • Make sure your clothes and body are clean. Wasps have been known to become aggressive when they sense sweat

Wasp Exterminator specialists

Wasp control and wasp nest removal is one of the best ways you can protect yourself and others from wasp stings. 

If the wasp nest is not properly treated, you will continue to encounter wasps. 

There are many DIY wasp nest removal tips and tricks online but we strongly advise homeowners to avoid removing nests to avoid injury. 

The pest experts at Western Exterminator are state-certified pest specialists that can exterminate wasps and prevent them from returning in the future.

For more information on our wasp exterminator services, call us at 800-937-8398 or contact us online.

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