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Pain and Danger With Wasps

Yellow hornet faceWasps and hornets are from the same species and their stings are not only VERY painful, but also dangerous, and even sometimes deadly. All of us just really wished this pest never even existed. Right? But how much do you know about these invaders and what can you do to help keep them away from our families?

Did you know that female wasp are the only wasp that can sting you? Male wasp do not even possess a stinger. So the female Red Wasp is really the aggressive one as she tries to protect her nest, like any good mother. They build their paper-like nests out of plant materials, even wood. The problem is that they seem to construct their nests in the worst places for humans – generally under eaves, around door and window frames, out buildings and sheds. Basically, everywhere we don’t want them to!

But wasps and hornets are not all bad though. They are beneficial to the environment because they hunt for other insects to feed to their colony mates and some of those pests are worse if you can believe it. Even though they provide benefits to the environment, we cannot have them invade your safe place, which is your family’s home and property.

There are many different chemicals or venom in wasp or hornet stings. Some of the chemicals are known in stings to damage or kill blood cells, get into your blood stream blocking ionic pathways, cause allergic reactions, and even cause degranulation of mast cells. Wow, pretty serious stuff. wasp-face

The most common chemical in a wasp or hornet sting is Kinnin. Wasp or Hornet Kinin is in all stings and little is known about this chemical and all its effects. Kind of scary, right?

Another chemical is Acetylcholine, which is the chemical/venom in the sting that brings the actual pain. No thanks for that!

Phospholipase B is another chemical/venom in wasp stings. This venom breaks down the cell membranes and is simply, not good for your body.

Have you ever felt that your blood pressure rises when stung by a wasp or hornet? Well, you have Noradrenaline to thank for that. Noradrenaline, when injected, will constrict blood vessels and have a direct impact on your blood pressure.

Also, have you wondered what makes you itch so much after being stung by a wasp or hornet? Histamine is the chemical/venom in the sting that causes an allergic reaction and the reason antihistamines are recommended for treatment. Histamines are the culprit of “the itch”.

Oh yea, and on top of all of this, pheromones are released by the wasp or hornet when they sting. That’s when the problem can get very serious. Other nearby stinging insects are notified by the pheromone and will quickly respond and join in on their little “stinging party”.

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These are just a few chemicals/venom that are found in the stings of wasps and hornets. Some chemicals cause minor issues for some but death for others.

Don’t take wasp and hornet signs likely as you never know what kind of reaction you, or another loved one, may have to a wasp or hornet sting.

We know the pain and dangers associated with these pest and we all need a plan to protect the ones we love and care about.

Okeena has the ultimate wasp protection service. We apply 2 strategic wasp applications over the course of a summer to help keep your family safe. Our treatments last for up to 90 days! Now that’s a gift that just keeps on giving. We will hunt them down around your eaves as well as many other nooks and crannies around and under the home where they can hide.

Who’s protecting you and your family from wasp? Okeena would be honored to help.

Call us today for a free consultation or estimate for a full season of wasp protection.


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