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Do Wasps Die After Stinging?

There is no other insect that works quite like the bee does. On top of their intricate patterns of communication and their deep environmental importance, another interesting fact about the bee is that they can only sting once, and they die shortly after. This leads people to wonder: do wasps die after they sting, too?

Wasps can actually sting many times in a row, and certain types of wasps can produce much more painful stings than bees. Keep reading to find out more about how wasp stings work and the differences between bees vs wasps in San Juan PR.

Wasp Stings Vs Bee Stings

One lone wasp sting from a paper wasp can feel about the same as a bee sting. However, wasps are considered much more dangerous than bees because they can sting many times as necessary. When a bee stings you, it ejects its barbed stinger into your skin. Then the bee pulls away, ripping the stinger, along with part of its digestive tract, out of its own body. This causes them to die shortly after stinging.

Conversely, wasp stingers remain intact after stinging. This is because their stinger is designed differently—it is shaped like a needle and quickly pokes in and out of the skin, injecting venom. Their venom paralyzes small prey and causes enough pain to ward off large would-be predators.

Why Do Wasps Sting People?

Wasps sting when they feel threatened, and unfortunately, they are more easily provoked than bees. They also emit a pheromone that alerts other wasps in the area that they need help. This is why you’ll hear many reports of people being stung by multiple or even an entire swarm of wasps. Compounding wasp stings can cause:

  • Painful bumps
  • Hives, welts, and rashes
  • Nausea, headache, and fever
  • Swelling and joint pain
  • In extreme cases, death

Professional Wasp Nest Removal In San Juan PR

Wasp nests look like layered formations of gray paper. They are built out of wood that the wasps chew up and built anywhere that they can hang from. If you believe that wasps are building a nest around your home, reach out to your local wasp nest removal experts. Our technicians at Rentokil, formerly Oliver Exterminating, can come out to your property to identify the stinging insect you’re dealing with and remove them quickly and safely. For a free quote, contact us today!

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