When we see wasps in our backyard, we think of our safety first. We know that wasp stings can be painful and that, unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly. They emit pheromones to alert the rest of their colony to danger. A single angry wasp can quickly escalate into a dangerous situation. Just how difficult bad are wasps, then? Here are some hazards of coming into contact with a wasp nest.
Wasp Nests Can Be Dangerous
Wasps defend their nest, and they’re young with their lives. They are also extremely territorial and will attack anything (or anyone) that comes too close. While some wasp nests, such as the paper wasp, are visible above ground, others can be quite hidden. The yellow jacket, for example, builds its nest in the ground and is difficult to spot, especially from a distance. This makes them especially dangerous for children and curious pets, who may not realize what they’ve triggered until it’s too late.
Negative Reaction From Allergy
The pain of a wasp sting is the least of their worries for those allergic to wasps. Even though swelling at the sting site is reasonably typical, some individuals are susceptible to a more severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. The following are symptoms of this potentially fatal condition:
- Lightheadedness or feeling faint
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Anxiety and confusion
- Loss of consciousness
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition. It can be fatal if the affected person cannot access an adrenaline auto-injector. Call 911, administer an injector if available, and get rid of the stinger as soon as possible if you or someone you know has this reaction.
Difficult And Dangerous To Handle An Infestation
DIY attempts to remove a nest are unlikely to be ultimately successful. In other words, you can kill most of the hive, but you’ll usually be met with a swarm of angry survivors. Even if you manage to flee, the surviving wasps will be able to rebuild, leaving you in the same situation.
DIY wasp removal poses additional risks in addition to rousing the nest. For example, spraying poison at a paper wasp nest or another above-ground nest can result in the poison falling back on the person spraying it. Furthermore, if an attack occurs, using a ladder for high-up nests can result in serious fall injuries. If you come across a nest, it’s best to call a wasp removal service and stay out of the way.
Vinx Pest Control is the wasp control expert for a reason. After identifying the wasp nest, we’ll devise the best action and safely remove the nest from your home. If we take care of your problem quickly enough, you won’t have to worry about further damage to your home’s structure.