Learn how to treat bee stings at Springer Professional Home Services in Des Moines, Iowa

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Many people have been stung by a bee or wasp at some point in their lives. Although most of us aren’t severely affected, bee stings can be dangerous for people who are allergic. Because there are so many types of bees, wasps, and hornets, it’s overwhelming to figure out which ones you need to be wary of.

No matter what, it’s important to seek medical attention if you or someone you know is reacting poorly to being stung. In most cases, thankfully, it’s possible to treat a sting right at home.

What types of bees or wasps will sting me?

It can be confusing to know what type of stinging insect you’re dealing with.

  • With the exception of the honeybee, most wasps are capable of and will sting more than once.
  • Bumblebees aren’t known to be aggressive and rarely sting unless provoked or directly threatened by someone.
  • Carpenter bees have a tendency to invade your personal space, making them one of the more feared bees. They are attracted to movement and may sting in defense.

How to remove a bee’s stinger

Acting quickly after being stung by a bee or wasp is of the utmost importance because the longer the stinger stays in your skin, the worse your symptoms may be. Use tweezers to slowly and carefully pull out the stinger. If removing with your fingers, you run the risk of pushing it further into your body. Once removed, apply a cold compress to ease any pain and stop the venom’s spread.

If you or the person who was stung show any signs of a blocked throat, swelling hands or feet, or a swollen face, it’s crucial to get emergency help right away.

Safe bee, wasp, and hornet removal

If you’re concerned about the amount of bees or wasps near your home, or you need help removing a nest, it’s best to call a pest control company. At Springer Professional Home Services, we are committed to keeping you and your family protected from potentially dangerous stinging insects. For more information on how we can help with your bee or wasp problem, contact us today!

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