Stinging insects and insect bites

Insect bites

Wasps, hornets, and bees are the most common insects that sting.

  • Wasps usually only sting when they feel threatened. It would help if you, therefore, were particularly careful when handling wasps.
  • Bees tend to be cautious about their hurtful behaviour – they mainly only sting when they are stepped on or put on. The main distinguishing feature of a bee sting is the sting in the skin after the sting. There is a small poison bag on this, from which poison is pumped into the body for up to a minute after the puncture.
  • Wasps and hornets keep their stings so that only a tiny hole can be seen in the skin’s surface after being punctured.

Once you’ve been stung by wasps, hornets, or bees, a red spot and swelling (due to fluid build-up under the surface of the skin) will form around the puncture. The swelling subsides after a few hours, but the itching can persist for several days.

Difference: insect bites and insect bites

It is essential to distinguish between insect bites and insect bites.

In insect bites, the insect uses its sting as a defence mechanism to protect itself or its people. When the insect stings, it secretes poison. The puncture can be felt. Burning occurs almost at the same time.

While insect bites are purely a defence measure, other insects will bite to feed on your blood. They are more cunning than their stinging counterparts – because they need time to suckle blood. The bite is barely noticeable (the only exception: the horsefly, the bite of which is often painful).

Allergic reactions and symptoms of insect bites

Allergic reactions vary from person to person. Almost 3% of the population are allergic to insect bites, with children often reacting more sensitively than adults. Allergy sufferers often suffer from firm swellings around the puncture. If these do not resolve, we recommend that you consult a doctor.

Call a doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms after an insect bite. These can be, for example:

  • Swelling of the throat (especially the mouth or tongue) makes breathing difficult.
  • Gasping, choking hazard, or hyperventilation
  • Fainting, dizziness, or headache
  • Feelings of oppression in the chest area
  • Nausea or stomach cramps

Remember that allergies can develop at any stage of life, even if no allergic reactions have occurred in the past. People who have been stung twice or more in a year are far more susceptible to allergies. Allergy sufferers, such as those allergic to hay fever or pets, belong to the high-risk category of people who can be allergic to insect bites.

Stinging insects in the house and garden

Like all animals, wasps are protected by law. They may only be killed if there is a reasonable reason (e.g. health hazard). For the control of hornets, an official permit is even required under nature conservation law.

If you find a large number of wasps in your house, apartment or garden, there is a risk that they have built a nest in your immediate vicinity. If there is a reasonable reason (e.g. if there is an allergy or a threat to small children or animals), it is essential to have the wasp’s nest removed early. Wasps become more aggressive in late summer, making clearing the nests more dangerous.

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