At Rottler, we can help take care of any stinging insect nests you find on your property. In a recent blog, we helped you identify wasps by the nests they build; but what happens if you get up too close and personal with these nests? You may end up suffering from a bee, wasp or hornet sting. If you are not allergic to the sting of the insects, you may only be suffering from some slight swelling and pain at the sting site. If you do have an allergy, you could be feeling a lot worse. What can you do when you’re stung by one of St. Louis’ stinging insects? Here are some tips to help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with a bee or wasp sting:
If you’ve been stung by a bee, the stinger could still be in your skin. Locate it and remove it with a pair of tweezers; if you don’t have tweezers, you can use your fingernail to try to scratch the stinger out. Try not to pinch the stinger as best you can; this may release more venom.
Often with a bee or wasp sting, swelling and redness at the sting site is common. Control the swelling with ice; you can use a package of frozen vegetables as this will conform to your body.
If you were stung on the arm or leg, elevate the affected limb.
If you were stung on your hands or feet, remove any jewelry on fingers and toes; if jewelry remains present while your hand or foot swells, the jewelry could become stuck and cause even more problems for you.
If you are experiencing pain, many over the counter painkillers can help; check with your doctor if you are unsure what pain medicine to take.
If you are experiencing itching, antihistamines can be helpful, but again, check with your doctor for appropriate use and dosing of antihistamines.
Keep an eye on the affected area; sometimes a delayed reaction can occur, or secondary infections can set in. Make sure you keep the affected area clean and dry to avoid additional problems.
If you notice more severe symptoms occurring, including hives, flushing of the skin, difficulty breathing, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fainting, dizziness or even convulsions, you could be experiencing a body-wide allergic reaction or a toxic reaction. These kinds of reactions require immediate medical attention so consult a doctor immediately.
For pest control, St. Louis home and business owners turn to Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions for help with Missouri hornets, wasps and bees that are nesting on their properties. If you have these nests on your property, you should stay away from them, especially if you know that you have an allergy to the venom in their stings. Unfortunately, these stinging insects may be visiting the flowers in your garden or even your backyard BBQ, so just staying away from their nest is no guarantee that you won’t be stung. Contact Rottler in St Louis today for more information on our stinging insect control so that you can keep yourself and your family safe from these sometimes aggressive insects.