Yellow Jacket Stings

Adult yellow jackets possess a stinger with small barbs. This usually allows them to sting multiple times; however, the stinger may occasionally become lodged and rip out. Although the venom that a yellow jacket administers in a single sting is not life threatening to the average person, its venom is exceptionally dangerous to humans with allergies. Moreover, yellow jacket stings are universally painful and result in swelling and redness. Stings also can become life threatening if a person is stung numerous times.

Yellow jackets are drawn to fast movement, particularly when agitated. If a nest has been disturbed, remove yourself from the area as quickly as possible but with the least amount of commotion. If there are health concerns about being stung, contact a medical professional.

Individuals with allergies may experience hives or rashes, difficulty breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, coughing, tightness in the chest, confused thinking or slurred speech. These symptoms may occur as soon as minutes after a sting. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a severe allergy should receive immediate medical attention.