Posted: Sep 5, 2013 6:46 PM by Dax VanFossen - MTN News
KALISPELL - This has been an extremely busy season for flying insects with stingers, including the wasp, hornet and yellow jacket. Many people are reporting unfriendly encounters with those bugs.
According to the Flathead City County Health Department, their office has received numerous complaints regarding how many bug bites people have received. Depending on where you live in Northwest Montana, hornet, yellow jacket and wasps have been something of a plague this year. Health Department Director Joe Russell tells us hornet nests around the home need to be removed immediately and the bugs sprayed with a pesticide.
At Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Dr. Kyle Weber says you need to be prepared if you're stung.
"Yes, we've seen a number of wasp stings and then the reactions afterwards. Both at the time of the sting and a few days later. Well the most severe is a life threatening allergic reaction where they can get total body hives, difficulty breathing, start vomiting, potentially go into shock, and pass out. I haven't heard of a reaction like that this year, but that is definitely something we have seen in the past," said Weber.
Doctor Weber tells us if you are severely allergic to wasp, bee, hornet or yellow jackets, you should carry what's called an epi-pen to keep from having an adverse reaction.