Wasps and Hornets

These flying insects are considered pests to most because of their nasty stings.

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What are murder hornets?

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Asian giant hornets, terrifyingly nicknamed "murder hornets," are really nasty creatures. At up to an inch and a half in length, they're the largest hornets in the world. They prey on beehives, decapitating their victims and then sticking around to eat the immature bees in a horrifyingly named process called "slaughter and occupy." Murder hornets, indeed. Their sting is very painful to humans, but they don't typically bug people unless they're provoked. The bigger concern with their introduction to America is that they threaten bee populations that are already on the decline. Asian honeybees have defenses against the murder hornets—if one gets into their hive, they gather around it and vibrate their flight muscles, making too much heat and carbon dioxide for the hornet to survive. This defense gets the deceptively cute nickname of "bee ball." Honeybees in the U.S. don't make bee balls, however, and are thus really vulnerable to the murder hornets, which is why beekeepers are trying to get rid of them.
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What kind of bees have black and white stripes?

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The Leafcutter bee is a type of bee that has black and white stripes on its abdomen. They are native to the Western United States.
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How do wasps adapt to their environment?

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Wasps adapt to their environment by being able to create cellulose to build structures. They can do this by an internal reaction after chewing on wood.
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Is there an all-natural bee sting treatment?

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Baking soda and water spread on the bee sting area is a good all-natural bee sting treatment. Ice on the affected area afterwards will assist in bringing down the inflammation.
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What is the standard bee sting treatment?

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The standard of treatment varies according the the severity. As a general guide remove the stinger with your fingernail or tweezers, control swelling with ice, treat symptoms accordingly, and perform a follow-up a day or two later after the incident.
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What is the most common bee sting treatment?

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There are a wide variety of bee sting treatments out there, but the most common of them all is icing the sting and taking an anti-histamine. Combining both will yield the best results.
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Wasps?

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form_title= Wasps form_header= Don't get stung. Hire an exterminator. How many hives do you see?*= {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, More than 5} Is anyone in your home allergic?*= () Yes () No Have you had wasps before?*= () Yes () No
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Get Rid of Carpenter Bees?

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form_title= Get Rid of Carpenter Bees form_header= Don't get stung. Get rid of carpenter bees. How many hives do you see?*= {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, More than 5} Is anyone in your home allergic?*= () Yes () No Have you had bees before?*= () Yes () No
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Where can a good honey recipe be found online?

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It is far more complicated than just getting a recipe to make honey- you will need a proper bee hive, catacombs, time and a serious amount of effort. You will need to either rent time on a spinner, or know someone that has one...
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Where can I learn more about the stinger waffle?

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The Honey Stinger website, honeystinger.com, contains a great deal of information about their entire range, including the Stinger Waffle, with words from Lance Armstrong.
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Is there a free bee sting treatment without needing to see the doctor?

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An effective way to treat a bee sting is to first and formost remove the stinger. Then the wound should be treated with a cool compress such as an ice pack.
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What is the bee string treatment?

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The best bee sting treatment would be to pull the stinger out, if there is one in the skin, and use Hydro-cortisone cream. If the burn persists, try applying some Calamine lotion.
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How do you treat a bee sting effectively?

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You should remove the stinger first. Then you want to reduce swelling with a cold pack. Hydrocortisone is good for both pain and itch relief. An antihistamine is also recommended.
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Should I remove a bee sting?

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Removing the stinger is recommended. This will prevent it from pumping more venom into your body.
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Can I purchase a bee sting treatment that will stop the itching?

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Some stores sell an aloe based lotion that is said to help with bee stings. Natural remedies include mud, toothpaste or baking soda.
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Is there any bee sting treatment that will help reduce swelling?

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Taking an over the counter antihistamine might help. Benadryl is a good brand to try. In addition, try baking soda mixed with water on the sting.
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Is there anything I can use to soothe the itch and pain from a bee sting?

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Ice is great for bee stings. Ice will relieve the pain, reduce the swelling, and slow down the venom of a bee sting. You can also place a damp tea bag over the sting for ten minutes, as the acid in the tea helps relieve and soothe the sting. You can apply hydro-cortisone cream to relieve the itching.
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Why are beekeepers not stung very often?

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Bee keepers are trained so that they learn tricks to avoiding stings. They have smoke that puts the bees to sleep. They wear nets to protect themselves.
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Do bee exterminators use pesticides?

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Some bee exterminators use pesticides to kill bees. However you can also find exterminators you use all nature products or may even make every effort to relocate the bees without harming them.
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How much does it cost to hire a bee exterminator?

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Many factors effect the cost of a bee exterminator. The size of the area to be treated how much work its going to take to get to the hive as well as the size of the company but usually it runs $125 for a single service
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What bird can successfully romove venom from a bee in seconds?

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The bird is known as a Bee-eater (several species), and they catch and eat flying insects, including bees and wasps. They remove the sting and venom by rubbing the bee or wasp against a tree branch.

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