A Wasp Stinger
A wasp stinger is very distinctive. Just like a bee the female wasp is the one that stings. Prehistoric Wasp would use their pointy end to lay eggs inside their victim. Then the larvae would hatch and have their first meal instantly ready. Wasp need a sharp stinger to be successful in this practice, so through evolution they have become extremely sharp. Most victims are not willing to be stung and then eaten, so evolution saw to the creation of the venom.
Effects Of The Wasp Stinger
Venom in the stinger of a wasp will paralyze victims. This is to encourage larger threats to leave the wasp alone. The sharp pointed end allows the venom of the wasp to enter the blood stream directly. This causes a signal to be sent to the brain through our central nervous system saying, “This hurts!”.
Norepinephrine is a chemical in the venom that makes sure pain keeps coming. Since this is in the blood stream it will last for several minutes while your blood dilutes the poison.
Hyaluronidase and Mas Cell Degranulating Peptide cause swelling and redness, by melting through connective tissue between cells.
The Wasp Attack
Generally they do not attack. If they sense a disturbance or feel a threat, they will sting multiple times. Wasp are aggressive and will sting repeatedly.
Avoiding a Wasp
Wasp love sugar and nectar. Never leave sugary drinks unattended and check the inside of cans before you drink. Clean up your food and drink when you are finished. Since they love flowers, walk the perimeter of your garden before doing any gardening work. Keep your yard tidy and clean. Wear shoes with closed toes and do not wear strong scents.
An aggressive wasp is the worst kind. If you see one do not swat at it. Remain calm. Run in a straight line and cover your face. Wasps like to target the face and head. They will wait for you to emerge from water, and will continue to sting if you play dead. It is most important to remain still.
Removing The Nest
Removing the nest is very risky and dangerous. Wasp stings are extremely painful and deadly if you are allergic and without allergy relief. Provoking a nest can be dangerous to those around you. We strong recommend you do not remove the nest yourself.
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