Yellow Jacket Sting Pain, Swelling & Reaction in Bedminster, NJ; How to Get Rid of Wasps

Late-summer picnics are in full swing and if you’re out enjoying one when dozens of flying insects intrude on your fun you may automatically assume they are bees but they could very well be yellow jackets, a type of ground-nesting wasp. They are known to be quite aggressive and a vicious retaliation may happen if the nest is knowingly or unknowingly disturbed. Yellow jackets have a black and yellow head/face and patterned abdomen. They are shaped like a thin wasp and have long, dark wings. They get confused with honey bees because of their coloring but honey bees are rounder in appearance and are fuzzy. The hives that honey bees create produce honey while yellow jackets live in nests that are usually found in secluded areas or on the ground. They build nests of paper with scraped wood mixed with saliva. Nests can be found in hollow logs, stumps, rodent burrows etc. Yellow jackets are social insects that live in colonies can contain up to 1,500 to 15,000! Colonies are at their peak in late summer and early fall. This is the most active time and they become more aggressive as the summer progresses because the hive is steadily increasing as the food supply decreases. They like sweets and proteins and this is the reason you’ll find them at outdoor activities like picnics and barbeques. They also like hanging around garbage cans.

Yellow Jacket Sting Pain, Swelling & Reaction

Stings can be very dangerous so you need to know how to deal with them. Yellow jackets can sting multiple times because they don’t lose the stinger like honey bees do when they sting. They have a built-in alarm in the event of an attack and will release a smell that alerts other wasps to join the attack to defend the nest. The venom is dangerous only to those who have been stung repeatedly or are allergic to it. The sting of a yellow jacket is extremely painful. There can be redness and inflammation for a few hours after being stung and you may also have fatigue, itching and warmth around the site of the sting. Ice can help reduce swelling and pain along with aspirin and ibuprofen. There are symptoms that are caused if you have an allergic reaction. If you experience coughing or wheezing, difficult breathing or swallowing, hives, feeling dizzy or lightheaded and vomiting or diarrhea, call 911.

How to Deter Yellow Jackets & Prevent Stings

There are ways to decrease the chances you’ll gets stung. Vibrations from lawn mowers and trimmers have been known to disturb a nest as a trigger, resulting in a stinging insect attack, even from a distance so be careful when you’re doing yard work. Don’t swat at them. Gently brush them away if they land on you. Watch where they’re coming from and avoid the area. Avoid floral perfumes and lotions that can attract them. Keep garbage cans covered. Pour sugary drinks into a glass so wasps can’t fly into the can when you’re not looking.

Yellow Jackets & Nest Removal

If you see a few yellow jackets hovering around a hole in the ground you’ve come upon a nest site and your next step is to leave. Don’t try and deal with yellow jackets on your own. It’s best to get professionals to help you because of the danger associated with stinging insects. Contact Merlin’s Pest Control for our experience in dealing with yellow jackets.

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