Pennsylvania winters can be rough but summers in Ambler make up for it. With some of the most beautiful nature, peaceful neighborhoods and a charming, lively community coming together with all sorts of fun, summertime activities, it is definitely a season everyone looks forward to. Kids running through sprinklers or spending long hours splashing at the community pools, lots of get togethers with neighbors for barbeques and the Ambler Summerfest are just a few of the greatest parts of summer in this wonderful town. One big downer of summer is the increase of insects just bent on bothering us and that includes wasps. Nothing can annoy a friendly gathering of friends sipping suds on your porch than a bunch of bothersome wasps. Wasps coming too close for comfort can really put a cramp in your cozy evening on the porch because they come brandishing that evil stinger and people, especially if they’ve become an unfortunate victim of that stinger, are afraid of coming in contact with said stinger. Wasp stings are definitely not fun and quite painful.
What to do if you are stung by a wasp
The pain from a wasp sting is pretty immediate. The added fear with wasps is that they can sting more than once so if a wasp is especially annoyed at you, it can sting again and again until it feels you have learned your lesson. We like to think they’re not really so vengeful but it’s hard when you nursing a throbbing, stinging wound. When you have been stung by a wasp, here are a few things you should immediately do to help with the pain:
- Immediately wash the area. You want to wash with soap and water to remove as much as the venom as possible.
- Apply a cold pack. A cold compress will reduce the swelling and take some of the pain away.
- Take Tylenol if necessary. Pain reliever medications might be necessary if the sting continues to hurt.
- Keep the wound clean and dry to prevent infection. Wasp stings can aggravate your skin and you need to take care that it does not get infected.
- Cover with a bandage if desired. Sometimes this can help reduce the pain and is especially useful with children. Spiderman or Cinderella band aids seem to cure a lot of ails, even for adults!
One thing to note is that wasp venom often leads to swelling more so than just a regular honey bee sting. Keeping the swelling down in the first 24 hours is a good idea with ice packs and will help with the pain. If you have never been stung by a wasp, you need to watch for signs of an allergic reaction. Not everyone has an allergic reaction from bees or wasps, but they can be very dangerous. Watch for signs of wasp sting allergy which could include:
- Flushed or pale skin
- Difficulty breathing,
- Swelling of the face or throat
- A rapid, weak pulse
- Dizziness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Any of these signs could mean great danger and need urgent medical care as soon as possible as a wasp allergy can be life threatening.
Ambler wasp control is a must for the summer
You look forward all winter to enjoying the beautiful summer weather in your yard and the last thing you want is a wasp infestation messing up your plans. Pointe Pest Control is efficient and fast at removing wasp nests. We use the safest, most effective methods so you can reclaim your yard once again. Don’t suffer with the fear of getting stung every time you step outside, get experienced Ambler wasp control today.