Busy season for Yellowjackets

Spokane sees increase in agressive...

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A long and wet spring helped black flies and mosquitoes thrive earlier this summer. As we head in to August, those conditions, coupled with a plentiful food source among maple leaves, are helping them to thrive.

Pointe Pest Control says as long as the sun is out, they are out taking care of yellow jackets and wasps invading homes. Right now yellow jackets are busy building their nests and as summer progresses they become more aggressive to protect them.

Raymond Vanderlouw with Pointe Pest Control says it's when these nests are not visible that you need to call in the professionals.

“If you have a nest in a wall void, you need to call a pest professional right away. That is something that doesn't go away, you can't spray enough wasp killer to make them go away,” Vanderlouw said.

If you are able to make direct contact with the nest, sprays you can buy in store work great. If the nest is not visible, sometimes, using spray can push the pests further in to your home.

After the experts at Pointe Pest Control spray, they use a foam which seals the entrances and prevents yellow jackets from escaping. The process is quick but it can take days for the nest to be completely gone.

"These guys are a huge concern when you have kids and pets or people with compromised immune systems, they start to become of medical importance," Vanderlouw said.

So what if you get stung?

Doctor Cassandra Mahan-Richards says most of us will just have irritation at the site. Some develop hives all over and can be a good candidate for treatment, while a small percentage will have a very severe reaction called anaphylaxis.

Mahan-Richards describes symptoms as, “you actually starting to get dizzy, your pale, you kind of feel like you are passing out.”

Its important to seek medical attention immediately as the next sting could be your last.

She adds, “though it can happen on the first sting, for most people it is the second sting.”

If you don't have an allergy, doctor Mahan-Richards suggests removing the stinger with tweezers and using a topical cream like hydrocortisone to stop the itching. If it feels like it is growing, you may need to take an antihistamine.