Don't blow on: Helpful tips on how to deal with wasps
Even if it is wonderful when you can sit outside in the warm months: summer time is always wasp time. Wasp stings are usually harmless, but they can be dangerous for people with insect bite allergies. An expert explains how to protect yourself from wasps.
Dryness and heat ensure a good wasp year
The dry weather of the past few months has ensured that there are a particularly large number of wasps this summer. Since the beginning of August, the yellow-black insects have been eating fruit cake, juice and ice. Enjoying sweet dishes outdoors can therefore quickly become uncomfortable. However, meeting the uninvited guests is no reason to panic. The Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern (LBV) gives some helpful tips on how to behave correctly when visiting wasps and how to protect yourself effectively from stings.
Wasp stings can be dangerous
Wasp stings are not only painful, but can even lead to death in the event of an allergy. And even with non-allergy sufferers, they can sometimes be life-threatening, for example if they happen in the mouth or throat.
To avoid wasp stings, you should keep the insects away from you if possible. An atomizer filled with tap water can help.
When wasps are sprayed with the atomized water, they think that it is starting to rain and therefore flee to their nest, explains LBV spokesman Markus Erlwein.
Keep calm and avoid hectic movements
The LBV advises against certain supposed tricks to keep wasps away. For example, copper coins placed on the table are useless.
"Catch traps or distracting feed even have a negative impact, since even more animals are attracted," explains the LBV spokesman.
“Especially during thunderstorms or at the end of the flight time, the intrusiveness of many wasps increases. Then it's best to avoid them. "
If this does not work, it is important to keep calm if a wasp gets too close. Frantic or panicked movements should be avoided near the insects.
"Never blow the wasp away, because the carbon dioxide in the air we breathe is an alarm signal for the animals and puts them in a mood of attack," explains Erlwein.
Wasps usually don't react aggressively when looking for food anyway. They only fight back when they feel threatened.
Simple rules of conduct
There are even more simple rules of conduct in the LBV communication that help to avoid unpleasant incidents:
For example, food and drinks should be covered outdoors and all leftovers should be cleared away immediately after the barbecue.
"It is also important to let children drink with a straw and to wipe their faces and hands after eating so as not to attract the wasps," says Erlwein.
Wasps can also be attracted to smells such as fragrant perfume, creams and wooden furniture polish. But colorfully flowered clothes also have their appeal. Furthermore, you should always keep the trash can and compost covered.
Fly screens or a room lock, such as a curtain after the front door, are useful for keeping wasps away from the home.
Simple home remedies have proven their worth
But sometimes all the good tips will not help and the question arises what to do if a wasp stabs you?
If the stinger can still be seen, it should be carefully pulled out with the tweezers. Then cool the body area around the stitch with cold envelopes so that the swelling subsides more quickly.
In the case of insect bites in the mouth, ice cubes are advantageous for sucking so that the airways do not swell.
As a home remedy for wasp stings, onions or lemon wedges, which are placed on the affected areas, are also suitable.
Experts also recommend their own saliva, which is rubbed on the sting, as well as aloe vera, fresh plantain, clove oil, wraps of clay and vinegar water or herbs from the garden such as parsley or basil. (ad)