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0.7 to 1.0 inch (1.8 to 2.5 cm) long wasps
Habits - gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.
Unlike yellowjackets and hornets, which can be very aggressive, polistine paper wasps will generally only attack if they themselves or their nest are threatened. Since their territoriality can lead to attacks on people, and because their stings are quite painful and can produce a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction in some individuals, nests in human-inhabited areas may present an unacceptable hazard.
Wasps can also be confused with bees, in particular Honey Bees - however these vary in colour from golden brown to almost black and are furrier than wasps.
Only female wasps have a sting which they can use repeatedly, if they feel under threat. In most cases a wasp sting causes no long term harm, but it can be life threatening if you are allergic to stings. Treating a wasp nest is often the most efficient way to control a wasp problem and reduce the threat of stings.
Wasps can build nests outdoors under eaves or, if they can gain access, they can find sheltered areas inside your home, such as wall cavities, roof spaces and attics. If a nest is discovered you shouldn’t attempt to get rid of it yourself; you should call our qualified Technician.
Symptoms of a wasp sting
Unlike a bee, which can only sting once (and leaves the stinger behind in the skin), the wasp can sting repeatedly. It also emits a scent chemical (pheromone) that alerts other wasps to attack, never kill or squash a Wasp when other wasps are about as they emit a scent that alerts the other wasps to attack the predator.
The sting of a wasp has certain features, including:
Severe allergic reactions
Although they are painful, isolated wasp stings seldom cause serious problems. However, the venom contains toxins that can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people. Around one in 10 people who are stung two or more times become allergic, which means they will experience severe reactions to any subsequent stings. The most severe allergic reaction of all is anaphylaxis, which may be life threatening.
Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
If someone is suffering from the above symptoms call an Ambulance by dialling 000.
When to call an ambulance (000)
You should seek urgent medical attention if:
First aid for less severe stings
First aid steps for less severe stings include: