Let’s face it, wasp stings hurt. They can also be deadly, should the person bitten be allergic to the poison found in wasp stings. Before we get into what steps you should take if you’ve been stung, let’s talk a bit about wasp stings.
If the insect feels threatened or if their nest has become disturbed, they will exhibit aggressive behavior, more often than not resulting in a sting (made out of defense). The insect is only aggressive if it feels that it or its babies are at risk of being harmed. To prevent becoming the next target while enjoying the great outdoors, follow these precautionary steps below.
- Remain calm. If you spot a wasp and/or a nest, keep your composure and slowly move away from the area.
- Refrain from overreacting. Do not scream or make loud noises, do not wave your arms around, and do not try to swat at them. This will only present you as a threat to them.
- Stay away from sweet smells. This includes fragrances, shampoos, hair sprays, body lotions, etc. that are strong in scent. In the late summertime and early fall, wasps no longer have to feed their young and are therefore searching for something sweet.
- When planning on going outdoors, choose your wardrobe carefully. Stay away from clothes and accessories that are bright in color and bold in a pattern (such as florals), as these can attract the attention of wasps.
- Skip the visit to the orchard. As we mentioned earlier, wasps will be searching for something to satisfy their sweet cravings, so they’re more likely to be found wherever fruit is growing.
- Keep all food and drink products covered. As expected, any food or drink items left out in the open can possibly attract wasps.
- Wash your hands after eating and drinking. Especially if it’s something sweet!