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How to Treat a Wasp or Hornet Sting at Home

The sun is shining and your kids are playing in the backyard. You’re enjoying the nice weather when all of a sudden one of your kids cries out. There was a wasp nest hidden in a corner! You immediately jump into action.

No parent wants to confront this situation, but it’s important to be prepared just in case. The following steps will help you treat a wasp or hornet sting right away to minimize the pain and damage done to your child:

Clean the Area Around the Sting

Cleaning the site of the wound will get rid of some of the toxins and help prevent an infection. A light scrub with some soapy water will do the trick.

No matter how much they’ll try, don’t let your kids touch or scratch the area around the sting. This will aggravate the injury which can spread more toxins or cause the wound to inflame. 

Scrape, Don’t Pull

This is one of the most important tips for parents to know. When removing a stinger, do not use tweezers or even your fingers to try and pull it out. By doing this you’ll release more of the wasp or hornet’s venom into the skin.

Instead, use a nail or a thin, flat object like a credit card to scrape over the sting. This will extract the stinger in a way that more venom isn’t released into the skin. 

Grab an Ice Pack

Once you’ve removed the leftover stinger and washed the site of the sting, grab an ice pack from the freezer. The cold will reduce the swelling from the sting. If swelling continues to spread, this is the sign of an allergic reaction and you should seek medical attention immediately. 

If you don’t have an ice pack handy, anything cold will suffice. You might remember some old movies where slabs of meat were used to soothe black eyes. Even a back of ice cubes will work, just make sure whatever you use doesn’t directly touch the skin. 

Take Some Medicine

Wasp and hornet stings are painful, the latter especially. Some ibuprofen or other over-the-counter painkiller will help take the edge off. Always take the correct dosage no matter how bad the pain might feel.

Next up is an antihistamine. Benadryl is one of the most common medications in this category. This bit of medication will help with the swelling and itching by working on the inside of your body. If the feelings are unbearable, consider some hydrocortisone cream as well. 

Go Back and Get Rid of the Nest

To prevent a second attack, go back and eliminate any trace of the wasp or hornets’ nest on your property. Be careful not to get stung yourself or again while approaching the nest, especially if it’s active.

PF Harris’Wasp and Hornet Killer Spray will do just the trick. It’s safe to spray around wires and electrical devices and can spray up to 20 feet. This spray is perfect for protecting your home and your loved ones.

If you hear buzzing in your yard, don’t wait. Grab some wasp and hornet killer and do what it takes to keep everyone safe. Those buzzing pests love to come out this time of year so now’s the time to be vigilant.