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Particularly annoying: wasps should never be puffed up
Summer is finally showing its best side again. The hot temperatures invite you to spend time outdoors. Unfortunately, annoying wasps are often added to make up for the delicious ice cream or the afternoon cake. The small insects are currently particularly aggressive. Experts give helpful tips for handling.
Particularly troublesome in late summer
Summer time is always also wasp time. Wasp stings are usually harmless, but they can be dangerous for people with insect bite allergies. The little animals are usually particularly troublesome in late summer. Experts explain how to protect yourself from wasps and what to do in case of possible stings.
The natural cycle ends
As a message from the State Association for Bird Protection in Bavaria (LBV) shows, the natural cycle of most animals ends at the end of August. According to the experts, this process continues until around the beginning of November in mild weather.
During this time, "the entire wasp state dies, only the mated young queens survive and seek shelter for the winter," explains LBV agricultural biologist Alf Pille. This course of events now makes the animals turn up a lot: Until now they only needed protein to raise their larvae, but now they are specifically looking for sugar. "Wasps are particularly stubborn when they have their favorite food in front of them and are hungry," says the conservationist.
Don't blow wasps away
The experts do not recommend setting up traps or deflection feed. This would attract even more animals. Instead, the motto is: keep calm! Hectic or panicked movements near the animals should be avoided. In addition, you should never blow out wasps. According to the LBV, the carbon dioxide in the breathing air is an alarm signal for the animals and puts them in a mood of attack.
In general, in this late summer there are significantly fewer wasps on the move in most regions of Germany than in previous years. As the German Wildlife Foundation wrote in a statement, the heavy rains in spring simply washed away the wasps' nests. Many queens and their brood have drowned. "The heavy rain in the spring was devastating for the black and yellow insects," explains the wild bee expert Manuel Pützstück.
Cool stitches with cold envelopes
But what can you do when the wasp has stung? If the stinger can still be seen, it should be carefully removed with the tweezers. Then cool the area around the stitch with cold envelopes so that the swelling subsides more quickly. As a home remedy for wasp stings, onions or lemon wedges, which are placed on the affected areas, are also suitable. (ad)