There are as many as 50 different species
of wasps, ranging from the black and yellow Common Wasp
to the larger black and yellow Hornet. A perenial pest during
the Summer months, wasps are liable to transmit disease
and bacteria from dustbins and animal carcasses and should
not be allowed to settle on food or food preparation areas.
Wasps nests can contain up to 2000 or more insects and represent
a serious danger to adults, children and family pets alike.
Wasps are extremely aggressive and under no circumstances
should a nest be disturbed by anyone other than qualified
pest control experts. A wasp sting results in local pain,
swelling, redness, and itching for most persons. A poultice
of meat tenderizer or salt should be applied to the sting
site as soon as possible after the incident and left on
for about 30 minutes. Use about 0.5 teaspoon mixed with
enough water to produce a paste.