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Wasp stings are painful and can cause an allergic reaction from hives to breathing issues.  Here is the good news…wasps only sting when feel threatened.  So, staying away from their nests will keep you safe from the sting.  Keep reading to learn more about how to avoid Wasps.

Do not anger the wasp :  They don’t like it if you annoy them.  Stay as calm as possible It’s not always easy, but try to keep your cool. If a wasp lands on your skin, simply wait for it to fly away. If you can’t wait, brush it away slowly and carefully with a piece of paper. It can be terrifying if a wasp gets inside your clothing, particularly if you’re allergic, but the best thing to do is remain completely still and allow the wasp to find it’s own way out.

Wasps love sweet foods:   Keep scents to a minimum   Don’t overdo it with perfume, cologne or scented soaps before you go to a potential wasp hotspot, but also make sure your personal hygiene is good because wasps are attracted to the smell of body odor too. Even the very slightest traces of food on your fingers or clothing can ignite a wasp’s interest due to their incredibly sensitive sense of smell.

Be mindful of your surroundings:  Wasps nests can be found in trees and shrubs, but  70% of them are built underground. Don’t go barefoot and be aware that disturbing plants when gardening or looking for a picnic spot could put you in contact with a colony of wasps. If you’re within three meters of a nest and receive a wasp sting, the stinging wasp will release an alarm pheromone that causes other wasps to swarm in and attack.

Wear Light Clothing:   Wearing white or light shades can protect you from disturbing a colony.  Wasps typically are drawn to  dark colored targets.

Run in a straight line:   It’s always best to move away slowly and steadily, but if you need to get away its always best to run in a straight line. Moving jerkily or zig-zagging makes you an even easier target for stings.

Keep an open eye for wasp nests around your home. If you find a nest near an entryway or an area where your children play, don’t try to remove or destroy it yourself. Call a pest control company to have it professionally removed.

It’s also important to note that reactions to wasp stings can vary. Not having an allergic response to a wasp sting on your first exposure is quite common. Subsequent stings can be hazardous for your health, so treat each one carefully and be alert for the warning signs of anaphylaxis.