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SOS - Big Wasps

Posted by Carolebay-180697 - Created: 14 years ago
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Posted by Carolebay-180697 - 14 years ago

Thanks Chaps,

Your advice has been well appreciated.

He's survived the night, but is still in pain..........

We've had a lot of these 'wasps' coming into the house at night recently. They are attracted by the light. They don't normally cause a problem, apart from their buzzing, but I assume this one was popping his clogs, landed on the settee and didn't fancy the thought of being squashed in his last few moments.........

R.I.P.

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Posted by JHM - 14 years ago

Here's another tip for future reference.

If you're being bothered by wasps etc go and hide in a shady spot for a while.

They tend to stay in the sun and shouldn't follow you into a shaded area.

Not much fun if you're trying to have a BBQ, but a lot less painless too!

 

JHM

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Posted by theresponsibleadult-188195 - 14 years ago

I know this is too late for your emergency of last night, but for future reference, two quick pain relievers for wasp stings:

a. make a paste of bicarbinate of soda (baking soda) and cool water, apply quite thickly to the sting site.

b. empty the tobacco out of a cigarette, mix it with human saliva to make a sort of lumpy poultice and apply to the sting site.

I used each of these methods at different times on my then young daughters when they were stung by some nasty varmits called 'yellow jackets' which live in the southern U.S. and have a particulary painful sting.  Within a very short time (10-15 min.) the pain was completely gone as was most of the redness.

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Posted by mike-179830 - 14 years ago

Might be a bit late, but I find hydrocortisone cream is somewhat effective. But a "quick remedy" it isn't, it just makes the throbbing bearable...

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Posted by Carolebay-180697 - 14 years ago

Just found this ".........

However, the hornet sting contains 5% acetylcholine which stimulate pain fibres more than stings of other wasps and bees. So the sting of a hornet may be a little bit more painful.   

Sting advice: cooling the area is soothing, as for bee stings. In exceptional cases hornet stings, like other insect stings, can induce an allergic reaction, arising from an overactive immune system. These reactions begin with considerable swelling and redness in the affected area. In the case of a reaction you should see a doctor to be on the safe side.

 

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Posted by Carolebay-180697 - 14 years ago

Have since found out it is a hornet - nasty big blighters in September !!

Still reading info

 

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Posted by Carolebay-180697 - 14 years ago

Thanks Les,

Of course I do

Don't Panic !!

I'm busy looking up your advice

C XXX

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Posted by lespalmiers - 14 years ago

I found this if it helps:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/allergy/conditions_venom.shtml

 

Remember me?Regards, Les

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Posted by Carolebay-180697 - 14 years ago

It could well be a long night............

Not for me especially.......... but definately for husband man...........

Any advice would be well appreciated

Thanks

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Posted by Carolebay-180697 - 14 years ago

Sorry for a second posting - but can anyone help with a quick remdy other tha ice packs, salve for insect bites, aspirin, neurofen perhaps later - without havingto bother GP or pompier