Wasp Nest Removal in Herefordshire
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This week we’re talking about wasp nests.
The warm weather in Herefordshire and Worcestershire over Easter has prompted an early onset of wasps – this week we were called out to look at a wasp issue only to discover no less than five nests at one property!
This came as a bit of a surprise to us as we weren’t expecting to see such established colonies all in one place. Queens emerge from hibernation around this time of year.
However, the warm weather has activated them earlier than usual and, once they emerge from hibernation, they start to populate new colonies. And, with a nest producing around one hundred Queens a season you can see how an explosive wasp season might be in store for Herefordshire and Worcestershire residents in 2019.
Of all the stinging insects, wasps are the most aggressive. Whilst wasps won’t go out of their way to sting you, they can and do sting with very little provocation. If you get too close to a wasp nest or agitate them, you may expect to be on the end of a sting.
What to look out for if you’ve been stung by a wasp?
Wasp sting symptoms may include swelling around the sting site for around 24 hours or more, itchiness, a sharp burning pain and a visible mark or welt where the wasp’s stinger punctured the skin.
What to do if you’ve been stung by a wasp?
Make sure you properly clean the area with soap and water to remove the venom. If needed, apply an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling and take an over-the-counter antihistamine. You can also raise the affected area; elevating it can help to reduce swelling. It’s also best not to scratch the area affected as this can lead to infections and cause more issues.
If your symptoms don’t improve over the next few days or you’re worried about a wasp sting or the wound becomes infected (for example pus, increased pain / swelling / redness) then contact your GP or call NHS 111 for advice.
Wasp sting allergies
Where someone’s body reacts adversely to a wasp sting, they can experience an allergic reaction. In some cases, an allergy can become quite serious; in rare cases fatal. If you or someone you’re with is stung by a wasp or wasps and experience any of the following symptoms you should seek medical immediate help:
Swelling of the face, lips or throat (anaphylaxis), difficulty swallowing
Hives or itchiness in areas of the body not directly affected by the sting
Feeling lightheaded and nauseous or vomiting
Loss of consciousness
Sudden drop in blood pressure, weak or racing pulse or fast heart rate
Wheezing, breathing difficulties
Dial 999 for an ambulance if you or someone else displays signs of a severe reaction.
If you do have a wasp problem, give PGM & Son Hereford a call – we offer a fast, reliable, local service across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
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