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    Warning issued in alert to drunken wasps

    NewsOther petsFriday 06 September 2013
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    A new warning issued by the Red Cross has warned people to beware of an increase in wasp stings across the country and to have a credit card at hand.

    There are a record number of “jobless” and “retired wasps” that are no longer working due to their queens being fully supplied with all the nectar they need. The wasps have now taken up a heavy lifestyle of being unemployed and they are lazing around and getting drunk off the fermenting fruit.

    This, environmental authorities believe will lead to an increase in wasp stings across the country as the wasps become increasingly bold and angry. The long cold winter and late spring has also increased the number of wasps that are currently alive right now in the country.

    Joe Mulligan who works at the Red Cross said that It’s hilarious that, now worker wasps have finished their life's work, all they are doing now is feasting on fermented fruit and getting ‘drunk’.

    “The danger for humans of course is that they may get a bit bold and attack us while we are out having a barbeque in the garden, sun bathing in the park or innocently going our merry way.”

    “When an insect sting is visible on the skin, a credit card can be used to scrape it away. Using the edge of the credit card, drag it across the skin. This will remove the sting. Using a credit card or your fingernail is preferable to using a pair of tweezers.  Some stings contain a sac of poison and if it is grasped with tweezers you may inject the sac of poison into the skin.

     

     

    Photo: Wikimedia

    Source: Indepedent

     

     

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