Wasp: First Aid And Control

My auntie loves gardening so much. I remember how we spent summer at her house when we were little. It was our time of the month where we can play in puddles, dig earthworms, and harvest vegetables to cook for lunch. It was like living in the countryside in the middle of Fresno.

We still go there now that we have kids. My auntie couldn’t work as much in the garden as she likes but she hired a gardener to maintain the plants. My cousin also tried her green thumb in the backyard and started planting flowers.

The garden is such a beauty! I only have a few potted plants in my apartment that is why I love it when I spend a weekend at auntie’s house. The flowers are all in bloom, and my sister decided to cut some flowers to bring inside the house.

Little did she know that there is a wasp hive that settled on a tree near her flower plot. The next thing we heard was her cries of pain. Nobody knew what to do. We had to scramble on the internet to find treatment to a wasp sting.

Then, my cousin’s husband instinctively called his friend at pest control Fresno. He just couldn’t let wasps live near my auntie’s home and my cousin’s beloved flower garden. The pest control was quick to remove the wasps. My cousin still has a bit of phobia going near her flowers, but hopefully, she will recover.

Here is the first aid for wasp sting in case you are still unfamiliar. Knowing first aid is really a must for everyone. In times of emergency, every second count.

  • Take off the stinger fast. You can use a flat surfaced thing, such as a credit card, to scrape off the stinger.
  • Clean the sting area with water and soap. You can spread a little bit of hydrocortisone cream on the sting to minimize redness and swelling.
  • Put an ice pack on the bite. It will help relieve the pain in the area. You can do this once every hour for 20 minutes until it feels well.
  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine to reduce itching and swelling. Benadryl and Claritin are common remedies.
  • You can drink pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen as needed.

If you experienced an allergic reaction from bee or wasp stings before, you need to go to the hospital immediately to manage the response. Usually, they will give you antihistamines, but if you have a severe allergic reaction, you may need to be confined for observation and treatment. You also need to go to the doctor if you have more than ten stings or if you were stung inside your mouth and throat.

Wasps are dangerous creatures to be around the garden especially if there are small kids. Make sure that you control them before they take over your home and to avoid accidental stings.

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