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WASPS

For a poison emergency in Australia
call 131126 Poisons Information Centre,
seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

The European wasp can sting repeatedly and the stings are very painful. A European wasp sting causes burning pain, a raised lump, redness and local inflammation. Repeated stings may trigger an allergy, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. A European wasp looks similar to a bee and is around 15mm to 20mm in length with a bright yellow body. This insect likes to live around humans because of the ready supply of food and drink, especially sweet foods and drinks.

Lack of predators and good weather conditions means that the European wasp is an increasing problem in Australia.

Symptoms of a wasp sting. Unlike a bee, which can only sting once (and leaves the stinger behind in the skin), the European wasp can sting repeatedly. It emits a scent chemical (pheromone) that alerts other European wasps to attack.

The sting of a European wasp has certain features, including:
• Burning pain
• Raised lump
• Redness
• Local inflammation.

Severe allergic reactions Although they are painful, isolated wasp stings seldom cause serious problems. However, the venom contains toxins that can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people. Around one in 10 people who are stung two or more times become allergic, which means they will experience severe reactions to any subsequent stings. The most severe allergic reaction of all is anaphylaxis, which
may be life threatening.

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When to call an ambulance (000)
You should seek urgent medical attention if:
• A child is stung more than 5 times
• An adult is stung more than 10 times
• Anyone is stung in the mouth or throat, as swelling in these areas can block the airways
• There is a severe allergic reaction
• There is a history of an allergic reaction to European wasp stings.

MORE MEDICAL INFORMATION FOR WASPS

For a poison emergency in Australia call 131126 Poisons Information Centre


How to locate the Wasp nest

It is strongly recommended that you hire experts to destroy any wasp nests on your property. This is particularly important if you have experienced an allergic reaction to a wasp sting in the past or if you have never been stung and are unsure of your allergy status to wasp venom. It may help to locate the nest before you call your local council or pest controllers, since the nest may not be on your property.

Suggestions on how to locate the nest include: The European wasp may forage for food up to half a kilometre away from its nest. You might need to seek the cooperation of your neighbours. Place food (preferably meat) in a visible outdoor location. Once it has located the food source, the wasp will fly virtually in a straight line back to its nest. If necessary, keep relocating the food source until you see the wasp fly into its nest. Nests are usually built in sheltered locations.

Typical nest locations can include under the ground and within retaining walls, tree hollows and holes in walls. The nest looks like it’s made of grey papier-mache.

Precautions against the European wasp

You can reduce the population of European wasps around your home and reduce the risk of stings in a number of ways. Don’t leave food, drink or pet food outside.
Pick up any fallen fruit.
Ensure that your outdoor rubbish bins have tight-fitting lids.
Cover compost bins.
Cover food during a barbecue or picnic.
Don’t drink straight from a can or bottle when outside, as it could contain a wasp – drink from a straw.
If you see a European wasp, leave it alone – it will only attack if provoked.

Things to remember

Unlike a bee, which can only sting once, the European wasp can sting repeatedly. Around one in 10 people who are stung two or more times become allergic, which means they will experience severe reactions to any subsequent stings. It is strongly recommended that you hire experts to destroy any wasp nests on your property.

 

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