Overseas, people have died from European Wasp stings. The people most at risk are those who are allergic to bee and wasp venom. European wasps are more aggressive than bees and will attack if their nest is disturbed. Unlike a bee, a European Wasp can sting more than once. There is no barb to remove and the wasp does not die after stinging. Their stings are also more painful than those of bees.
Only professionals who are experienced in handling stinging insects should attempt to destroy a European Wasp nest. If you believe that you have found a nest, call Assassin Pest Control immediately and keep away from the nest area.
European Wasps are about the same size as Honey Bees but have black, arrow-shaped markings and bands on their stocky, relatively smooth, lemon-yellow bodies. Bees are more orange in color and have a hairier appearance. In addition, European Wasps have antennae that are about half the length of their bodies and longitudinally folding wings. Bees have much shorter antennae and do not fold their wings.
European Wasps live in nests that vary dramatically in size from 5 cm to more than 1 m in diameter. Their nests are grey and usually oval-shaped and have a fine, compressed, paper-like appearance. Most nests are built in concealed areas, such as tree trunks, rockeries, garden retaining walls, holes in the soil, wall cavities, subfloor areas, under eaves, and in roof voids. European Wasps continuously leave the nest to collect food. They are attracted to meat, sweet foods, and drinks.
Wasps are attracted to sweet drinks and may enter open drink cans. If you swallow a wasp, it may sting you in the mouth and/or throat. Stings to the mouth and throat are particularly painful and can be dangerous. Seek medical advice immediately.
A sting to any other part of the body will usually cause a fiery pain, a red mark, and swelling. In most cases, the swelling subsides after several hours. Applying ice and water may help. If you have a history of allergic reactions to bee or wasp stings, seek medical advice as soon as possible.