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What To Do If You've Been Stung By A Wasp In Tampa?

July 15, 2022 - Wasps

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Tampa is a wonderful place to live. One of the main reasons is the virtually perfect weather year-round like most places in the Sunshine State.  Unfortunately, the residents of Tampa are not the only ones that enjoy living here. There are a wide variety of pests that invade and cause problems in homes across the area. One of the most frequent and troublesome of these unwanted guests on Tampa properties is wasps. 

What Do Wasps Look Like? 

Wasps look extremely similar to common bees but have a much narrower waist and are not hairy like bees are. These flying insects have various colorations, including black, yellow, white, and orange, and are typically between half an inch to an inch in length. Hornets, which are all types of wasps, are nearly identical in appearance but are slightly larger and even more aggressive. 

Did You Get Stung By A Wasp? 

Unlike the passive nature of bees, wasps are aggressive and highly protective of their nests. Wasps inflict painful stings at even the slightest hint of a threat to a wasp nest or colony. While these stings are not typically dangerous, they are painful and uncomfortable. The pain and swelling from a sting will usually only last a few hours but can potentially cause complications and require medical attention for those allergic to wasp venom.

Common factors that can help you identify a wasp sting include: 

  • No stinger remains in the skin; wasps can use their stinger more than once, unlike bees, and it will not be left behind after a sting. 
  • Swelling and redness in the affected area 
  • Itching or burning sensations in the affected area 

Because these pests are so aggressive and inflict such painful stings, it is important to take signs of wasp activity seriously and act immediately. Feel free to reach out to the experts at EcoSmart Pest Solutions for more information about these pests and the dangers they pose. 

How To Treat A Wasp Sting 

Wasp stings are painful and uncomfortable, so it is essential to know how to treat a sting from these aggressive pests. Although stings hurt, they can be treated at home relatively easily. The only exception is for those who are allergic or if you have been stung inside the mouth, throat, or nose, which will require medical attention. 

Home remedies for a wasp sting include: 

  • Washing the area of the sting with soap and water to get rid of any bacteria and wash out the wasp venom 
  • Apply antihistamine cream to the sting area to reduce the itching and burning sensation. 
  • Apply an ice pack or any other type of cold pack to the sting area to reduce pain and swelling.  

For more tips on how to deal with wasp stings and prevent these pests from invading your property, contact our team of wasp control professionals. 

How To Keep Wasps From Taking Over Your Property 

Practicing pest prevention techniques on your property will greatly reduce the chance that you will encounter an infestation of wasps or any other pests. However, despite your best efforts, it is still possible for infestations to occur. If you do find yourself dealing with an infestation, a professional pest control service is the only way to eliminate the problem. 

Luckily for Tampa residents, EcoSmart Pest Solutions is here to help eliminate current wasp infestations and prevent future infestations from occurring. The team at EcoSmart Pest Solutions, a local Tampa-based pest control specialist, has more than twenty-five years of experience in the pest control industry. Our team of expert pest technicians are highly trained and experienced in dealing with wasps and the variety of other pests that impact Tampa residents.

We will work with you to create a personalized pest control plan for your specific situation, provide transparent pricing, and offer flexible scheduling options. Don’t wait if you have seen wasps on your property. Contact us today to ensure the safety of your home.