Although bee and wasp stings are considered dangerous to human health, a healthy person can withstand up to ten stings per pound of weight – that’s an average of 1,000 stings an adult can experience without being in danger. For children, 500 stings could be fatal.
Severe allergic reactions are the least common reactions to wasp stings: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that life-threatening severe allergic reactions occur in 3 out of 100 adults (2 million) and 1 in 150 children. Death from stings is even less common – in 2000, the World Health Organization reported only 54 cases of death attributed to bee and wasp stings – and are usually reported in older people, as a result of an anaphylactic reaction to the bee’s venom.
According to WebMD, the sting of a bee, wasp or hornet usually triggers three types of reactions:
Allergic reactions are usually treated by injecting adrenaline (epinephrine), either by the patient himself or under medical supervision. An Epi-pen should be carried by persons with a history of severe allergic reactions.
Life-threatening or not, a wasp sting is definitely not a pleasant experience, so it makes sense to do whatever you can in order to prevent it. Here are some useful tips:
Although the occasional bee sting is a painful, yet common experience of those who prefer the outdoors during thesummer, it’s best to resort to professional pest control companies if wasps and bees are a permanent presence on your property. Pest control professionals can easily and safely remove wasp nests from in and around the house and eliminate all possibility of stings and bites, making sure you can enjoy a long and warm summer in the great outdoors.
About the Author
Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.