Why do wasps attack humans? Aside from when a person steps on a wasp nest, the majority of wasp attacks will occur in the late summer. This is at the same time the normal social order of a colony is deteriorating. It is a result of a circular change in behavior, when the wasp colony will stop focusing on raising worker wasps to nurture queens. These new wasp queens will then hibernate for the winter and begin new colonies in the spring.

Regardless, a wasp will only sting a human if they perceive them as a threat. Typically, while intimidating looking, they tend to be rather gentle as long as they not stimulated by a clumsy or deliberate intrusion. Unlike bees, for the most part, you shouldn’t see them flying about your face. Generally, in the spring and summer, they are attracted to protein. So, you can expect them buzzing around dog food or garbage. Later in the year, the develop a sweet tooth and will become attracted to soda cans and fruit juice. Moreover, they do have a memory and will return to a location even after a food source is removed.

Have you ever been attacked after killing a wasp? When you smash or swat at a wasp, they will release a chemical pheromone. Essentially, they have identified you as an enemy combatant and marked you as a target. The pheromone will excite and attract other wasps from the nest, and they will become very aggressive and potentially attack. People have many questions about wasps, so below we have answered some commonly asked.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wasps

1. How are wasps different to bees?

Bees and wasps have many similar characteristics. However, there are some significant differences. Wasps to not collect pollen, nor do they store food or make honey. Also, while bees make their nests out of wax, wasps use paper. That said, the one most people are interested about is the stinger. A bee can only sting once, but a wasp can sting you multiple times.

2. Can a wasp sting kill you?

For most people, the effect of a wasp sting will wear off within 24 hours. But, there is a percentage of people who are allergic and can go into anaphylactic shock. If this happens, it can become fatal. Moreover, you can develop an allergy without ever being aware. Nevertheless, the chances of dying from a wasp sting are extremely low.

3. Can wasps sting you if they are dead?

Yes, they absolutely can still sting you after they are dead. So, if you see a dead wasp, it is best not to pick it up. Their venom sac will continue to pulsate after death, but only for a short time. Regardless, there is a potential of being stung if you come across a dead wasp and pick it up.

4. What should you do if you step on a wasp nest?

It is extremely important to never disturb a wasp nest. As stated above, you can become marked as an aggressor. The wasps will become extremely excited and agitated, and will defend themselves as if they were under attack. It is best to find shelter. Either lock yourself in a car or in the house. Do not swat at them.

5. How do you treat a wasp sting?

Most times, you can treat a wasp sting at home. Wash the area with soap and water. Place an ice pack on it to help reduce swelling and pain. Treat it like a wound, keeping it clean and protected from infection. You can use hydrocortisone to lessen the discomfort, and then apply a bandage. Finally, you can take ibuprofen to help manage the pain.

What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you have a wasp problem, or would like to talk about a related topic, please contact Miller Pest Omaha.