Yellow jackets can inflict painful stings when you accidentally disturb them or get too close to their nest. If you’ve been stung, it’s important to know what to do about it. Keep the following first aid tips in mind for yellow jacket stings, and consider using professional pest control services in Monmouth County to remove any nests on your property.
Immediate Care for Yellow Jacket Stings
Yellow jackets inject venom when they sting, which can cause pain and redness in the affected area. You don’t need to pull any stingers out, since these pests don’t lose their stingers like bees do. You should wash the area using water and soap to prevent infections. You can then put an ice or cold pack on the area for about 20 minutes. Afterwards, put calamine lotion or a topical antihistamine on the affected area to ease pain.
Yellow Jacket Allergies
Yellow jacket stings can cause potentially fatal reactions in people with allergies. If someone in your family has this type of allergy, use an EpiPen right away to lower the risk of anaphylaxis and seek immediate medical care. Signs of a severe reaction include wheezing, swelling in the throat and tongue, rapid heartbeat, hives and trouble swallowing.
If you have yellow jackets in your home or yard, Allison Pest Control can help. Contact us to learn more about our pest control services in Monmouth County.