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Can Bee And Wasp Stings Get Infected?

Wasp Stings and Bee Stings

Nothing can ruin your family picnic more than getting stung by a wasp or bee. All that time you spent planning a nice day out with the kids goes up in flames when someone gets a bee or wasp sting. And if you or one of your kids have an allergic reaction to bee and wasp stings, then you know how scary it can be.

Even worse, if a wasp or bee sting isn’t cleaned properly afterward, it can get infected. It isn’t often that this happens, but it’s possible. The problem is that many people simply mistake an infected wasp or bee sting as looking normal because they both have a similar swollen appearance.

When stung by a wasp or a bee, a person who isn’t allergic will develop a bump where the bite is, there’s also usually a red circle around it. It’s either itchy and/or it hurts. When you scratch or otherwise irritate your bee sting, that’s when you turn a regular bee or wasp sting into an infection. When you keep scratching it or picking at it, it can leave an open wound. If enough bacteria gets in there it can get worse and then an infection can develop.

If a bee stings you, you should pull out the stinger right away and clean the sting with disinfecting ointments or rubbing alcohol. It’s almost the same process for a wasp sting only you don’t pull out the stinger because wasps stingers don’t detach.

The Signs Of An Infected Bee Or Wasp Sting

An infected wasp or bee sting has a visible bump, red circle and you can feel that it’s fairly warm. Infections normally occur between 48 to 72 hours after the initial bite and at that point it can be very apparent that the bite isn’t clearing up. The swelling gets worse, pus will actually start excreting from the sting, and it gets very red and warm to the touch. Also the skin will feel sensitive and thin like any other infection. If you notice this, go see a doctor right away to have an examination.

Thankfully, most people don’t get infections because there are many precautions you can take to avoid them. Your local drug store will have balms and lotions you can put on a bee or wasp sting which helps relive the itch or pain. If you happen to have a wasp or bee sting allergy, you aren’t any more or less at risk of a bee sting infection than someone who doesn’t have a bee sting allergy.

Need Bee or Wasp Extermination?

If you’re worried about being stung due the presence of a bee hive or wasp nest on your property, call Magical Pest Control today and we can safely get rid of it for you. If you plan on taking the wasp nest down by yourself read this article for some tips on at-home bee and wasp control. Keep in mind, we recommend professional assistance, as bees and wasps can be aggressive and may sting when threatened.

Magical Pest Control has the proper protective equipment to deal with bees and wasps. Give us a call at (905) 738-6676 or contact us online and we can inspect your situation then tell you the best course of action to take. Magical Pest Control has proudly been serving the GTA for over a decade. Don’t get stung again by amateur exterminators and call Magical today.

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