Member of the Hymenoptera family, which also includes ants, bees and hornets.Where?:
Throughout the UK. Usually a problem in late summer. Will sting when aggravated.
The sting is initially painful and the surrounding area will swell as the body's immune response to the toxins in the poison kicks in.
Avoid antagonising. When a wasp stings, it releases pheromones to attract others.
A danger of anaphylactic shock if you are allergic to the venom. A sting in the mouth can also be fatal because the swelling can block airways.
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