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The main reason wasps sting humans is that they feel threatened. A wasp sting is merely a defense mechanism in terms of people, although it is used in the wild to catch their prey.
There are two main reasons you might get stung by a wasp.
Although Muhammad Ali’s famous saying is correct, as bees can pack a nasty sting, wouldn’t it make more sense for it to be sting like a wasp?
Wonder why? Well unlike bees, wasps do not die after they sting someone. In fact, they can sting multiple people, multiple times during their lifetime. This is one reason why wasps can be so deadly, especially if you are allergic.
The reason behind this widely discussed question is down to the anatomy of a wasp compared to a bee, and in particular their stingers.
A bee’s stinger is barbed, which causes it to get lodged in the skin of its victim. When trying to break free a side effect is the stinger tearing loose from its abdomen, leading to its death.
However this is not the case for wasps. Her stinger is barbless, allowing her to sting multiple times without the risk of it getting stuck in their victim.
Using the sting of a bee as a metaphor is not the best choice when you think about it. The connotations is that you’re only good for one punch. However, using the phrase “Float like a butterfly, sting like a wasp” provides much stronger connotations, implying that one can constantly provide a mean punch.
When discussing wasp stings we have to mention the Schmidt Pain Index. For those of you unfamiliar with it, the Schmidt Pain Index is a pain scale reflecting the stings caused by different insects, including wasps.
The Schmidt pain index was created by Justin O. Schmidt after subjecting himself to a range of different stings from different insects. It consists of his experience when suffering these painful stings giving them a rating of pain, as well as a description and the duration. To sum up Schmidt’s pain index, “Level four you don’t want to know”.
Wasp stings are packed full of venom, which is why they are so painful. Different people have different reactions to wasp stings. Having one type of reaction doesn’t mean you’ll always have the same reaction every time you’re stung.
A wasp’s venom serves two purposes:
When people say they are allergic to bees, wasps and/or hornets it is not the insect they are allergic to, but rather the venom in their sting.
Contrary to popular belief, deaths from wasp stings due to an allergic reaction are extremely rare (around 2-5 cases a year) and mainly affect older people. The majority of the time, people survive allergic reaction to wasp stings, and often this is the case without any effective medical treatment.
Mild and moderate reactions to wasp stings can be treated at home with a few simple remedies. We recommend consulting a medical professional for advice along with these tips and always follow the instructions on the label of any medication. These include, but are not limited to:
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If you are having a problem with wasps around your home or business then don’t try dealing with it on your own. Instead, call your local Ehrlich specialist for reliable wasp removal and prevention service.