Wasps are one of the most feared insects out there, and for good reason. These aggressive pests pose a danger to anyone in their path. There are a lot of myths out there about wasps though. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to debunk these myths and explain why they aren’t true.
Is Baking Soda a Remedy for a Wasp Sting?
The act of applying a baking soda paste on a bee sting is completely effective. However, bee stings and wasp stings are two different things. Bee venom is made up of acidic compounds and the baking soda works to neutralize them. Wasp stings aren’t. They have alkaline compounds in their venom and baking soda will do nothing to offer relief.
If You’re Allergic to Bees Are You Also Allergic to Wasps?
Like mentioned above, bee venom and wasp venom and two very different things. Being made up of different compounds means that they affect people differently. For the most part, if someone is allergic to bee venom, they aren’t allergic to wasp venom and vice versa. Hardly ever is someone allergic to both venoms.
Is a Copper Penny Relief for Wasp Stings?
This myth is a silly one. Of course putting a penny on your wasp sting isn’t going to do anything to offer relief. There are a few things you can do to ease the redness and swelling though. Following are a couple tried and true methods.
• Wash the area with a mild soap and water to remove venom.
• A cold rag or ice will help with swelling and pain.
• Over the counter ibuprofen or Tylenol to ease mild pain.
• It the sting is itching, calamine lotion is helpful.
In most cases where allergies aren’t present, symptoms of a wasp sting go away about 24 hours later.
Do Wasps Only Eat Sugary Foods?
While you may notice wasps swarming around your soda or melted popsicle this summer at a BBQ, this isn’t the only thing they like to eat. During the spring season especially, wasps will be looking for protein. They feed off of other insects. Believe it or not, you want to see wasps swarming around in your garden as they prey on other harmful insects. They do enjoy some sugary foods, but they also eat a decent amount of protein.
Does Getting Rid of Flowers Get Rid of Wasps?
While you may notice wasps around your garden area, don’t be fooled. They are likely not there for the flowers, but the insects on or near the flowers. Getting rid of the flowers would do nothing to get rid of the wasps.
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If you find wasps on your property, it is important that you don’t try to get rid of them on your own. Wasps are incredibly aggressive and if you disturb their nest in an attempt to get rid of it, they will attack. You can count on the pest experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control to get rid of any wasp problem you may have. Call us today!