Summertime carries the risk of being stung by a bee or wasp. These insects are common and keep NJ pest control services busy all season long. Keep in mind that the treatment for these stings differs depending on which type of insect stung you. Before treating it, carefully remove the stinger from your skin using your fingernail or a credit card.
Bees and yellow jackets have venom that’s acidic, which means that you’ll have to use baking soda or another alkaloid. This helps neutralize the acidic content of the venom. Add some water to baking soda to make a paste, then spread it on your sting and leave it for up to 15 minutes.
Wasp and hornet stings can be more painful than bee stings. Since their venom is alkaline, you’ll need to use vinegar on it. Vinegar has acidic properties, so it neutralizes the venom. You can pour a little bit of vinegar on the sting, then dip a paper towel in vinegar and apply it as needed.
For stings from bees or wasps, applying ice can help ease pain. If you have trouble breathing or signs of an allergic reaction, seek emergency medical care.
If wasps or bees are causing trouble on your property, please contact Allison Pest Control for help. With our NJ pest control services, you won’t have to worry about dealing with bee or wasp stings.
Bees and wasps are common summer visitors around your gardens and flower beds. You could inadvertently get stung while working outside as bees busily collect nectar or pollen. Wasps, such as yellow jackets and hornets, are more aggressive and will sting repeatedly with the slightest challenge. If you or a family member do get stung, take quick action with these first aid tips from WebMD.
1. If the stinger is still in the wound, remove it carefully with tweezers or by scraping it with your fingernail. Pinching it could release more venom. One of the differences between wasps and bees is the stinger. Most bees have a hooked stinger that will stay in the wound while the wasp’s straight stinger can allow for multiple attacks.
2. Reduce the swelling by putting ice on the area and elevating if possible. Remove rings, jewelry or clothing that could become too tight.
3. Treat the pain with ibuprofen or acetaminophen and use an antihistamine to relieve itching. Soothe the wound site with calamine lotion or a poultice of baking soda and water.
4. Symptoms usually last two to five days. To prevent infection, keep the wound area clean.
5. Seek medical attention immediately for symptoms such as dizziness, swollen tongue, trouble breathing, or hives, or if there has been a history of severe allergic reaction to insect stings.
If wasps and bees are no longer visiting but have taken up residence on your property, don’t attempt to get rid of them on your own. Contact the professionals at Allison Pest Control. We can reduce the danger and pain of bee stings by removing or relocating nests and hives.