Why Wasps Attack

Experts tell why the insects target you, how to avoid being stung and whether killing one will cause an army to swarm.


I’m allergic to bee and wasp stings.  I swell up like a balloon.  My earliest memory of getting stung was when I was only 7 years old.  I was swimming when my left hand got stung.  We didn’t know at the time I was allergic, so when the swelling started my parents went into panic mode.  It’s a reaction that has stayed with me today.  When I see the insects, I can’t stay still.  I panic and run away.

Well, it’s spring time…  a time that I want to be outdoors…  a time that brings me face to face with the insects.

If you can relate, then read on.

According to experts of the American Chemical Society, bees and wasps will only sting when they feel threatened.

Only female bees and wasps can sting.  Unlike bees, female wasps can sting you multiple times because their stinger doesn’t fall off after use.

If you approach a nest and get stung, this insect will alert the rest of the colony.  The insect simply emits a chemical that lets them know to attack.

If you are resting and not bothering the wasps or bees, they shouldn’t sting you.  Experts say they only sting if they feel threatened, so try to avoid any quick movements like swatting the insects with your arms or legs.

The insects may even land on your skin to inspect a smell or get water, but they should leave you alone if you stay calm and don’t move quickly.

So now that we know ~ can we follow this advice?  I guess we will see…  I’m sure I’ll run into one soon enough.

(sources:  Treehugger, The Sun)

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