Have You Been Stung By A Wasp In Reno?


Stinging insects represent one of the most common pests categories and can be among the most dangerous. Wasps are a common stinging insect whose species include yellow jackets, paper wasps, mud daubers, and hornets. As with many stinging insects such as honey bees, wasps have some benefits to the overall ecosystem but also can be dangerous when they feel threatened. 
Property owners must use caution when a wasp nest exists on their property, as it may contain thousands of members that can attack simultaneously. Unlike bees that only sting once, wasps can sting multiple times. 
As potentially dangerous stinging insects, a professional Reno pest control expert that understands how to get rid of wasps in yard areas and how to keep wasps from building nests throughout your property should handle wasp nest removal. 

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What Do Wasps Look Like?

Unlike bees that typically have a rounded body covered with some hair, wasps have a long, lean, and smooth body texture. Most wasps have a narrow waist and appear in sharp colors. Some of the physical characteristics of common types of wasps include: 

  • Yellow jackets: Often misidentified as honey bees, the body of a yellow jacket is roughly ½ inch in length, has a shiny texture and is yellow and black. 
  • Bald-faced hornets: The bald-faced hornet has a body that measures from ½ to ¾ of an inch in length that is black with white or cream-colored markings. 
  • European hornets: Also known as the giant hornet, European hornets have pale faces and yellow and brown bodies. They are large wasps that range from 1 to 1 ½ inch in length. 
  • Paper wasps: The slender body of a paper wasp appears dark brown or black with yellow markings. Paper wasps have long, dangling legs, and they build distinctive “papery” nests.

As with most types of stinging insects, wasps will begin to appear in spring and will no longer remain active as the winter approaches. 

Did You Get Stung By A Wasp?

Wasp stings often generate sudden pain, and the skin commonly becomes swollen and red. Are wasps dangerous? Many individuals are stung by wasps and similar stinging insects each year. In many cases, people encounter a wasp nest in a position near homes, businesses, and parks and inadvertently appear as a threat to these potentially aggressive pests. 
When a wasp stings, it will deliver a venomous injection that contains various compounds and enzymes. Throughout the U.S. each year, many Americans experience significant adverse reactions to these attacks that require assistance from a medical professional. 
How many times can a wasp sting? Unlike some types of stinging insects, wasps can sting their victim multiple times. These concerns become further exacerbated when multiple wasps attack someone simultaneously. 

How To Treat A Wasp Sting?

After enduring a sting, victims should wash the area of skin thoroughly to reduce any residual venom or bacteria. You can apply an ice or “cold pack” to the skin to help reduce pain and swelling. Most individuals experience somewhat mild symptoms; however, those with allergies may need prompt medical attention. 

How To Keep Wasps From Taking Over Your Property

Many property owners mistakenly attempt to take matters into their own hands when they discover a wasp nest by trying store-bought treatment options that are commonly ineffective and may create safety concerns. The professionals with Natura Pest Control have the knowledge and tools to safely and effectively remove these wasp nests
One of our licensed pest control professionals will visit the property and conduct a detailed assessment. We will explain the best treatment option for solving these pest-related concerns and will use organic products when possible. Contact our office today. 

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