First aid for stings

  • Wash the site with soap and water.
  • Remove the stinger using gauze wiped over the area or by scraping a fingernail over the area.
  • Never squeeze the stinger or use tweezers.
  • Apply ice to reduce swelling.
  • Do not scratch the sting, as this may increase swelling, itching and risk of infection.
  • People with a history of severe allergic reactions should consider carrying an epinephrine auto injector (EpiPen) and wearing a medical ID stating their allergy, according to the CDC.

Wasps do provide benefits to people, acting as a natural pest control by feeding on other insects and helping flower pollination. So if a nest is not immediately near your home, it may be best to leave it alone. Nature will also eventually resolve the problem, with cold weather or frost eventually killing the insects.

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