A woman in Attleboro was viciously attacked recently by a huge swarm of wasps which resulted in her being hospitalised with over 500 agonising stings. As fire fighters were called to assist the woman they too came under sustained attack by the insects as they battled them off with ice cold blasts from their CO2 fire extinguishers.
Following the attack on the fifty one year old woman she has been left in intensive care at the hospital. She had apparently disturbed an underground nest of yellowjacket wasps and was discovered covered in the creatures but still conscious as local fire fighters arrived at the scene to help her.
In order to save the woman’s life the fire fighters immediately started to combat the stinging wasps with their CO2 fire extinguishers before they could get her to the safety of an ambulance. Unfortunately the person’s clothes were still crawling with the wasps and they maintained their stings on the victim inside the ambulance. It was in the vehicle that others were also stung, including three of the fire fighters. A couple of the emergency services personnel were taken to hospital suffering allergic reactions.
Now if you are unlucky enough to fall victim to a wasp attack experts recommend that you run as fast as you can to get away from them. Simply trying to stay in one place and swat them away is ineffective as they are very fast and manoeuvrable. A swarm attack can be fatal, especially if you suffer an allergic reaction to the venom in the sting.
Yellowjacket wasps are of particular danger in the month of September as this is the time of year that food sources begin to dwindle for them. They are more protective of the queen as she starts to die as well as the younger wasps in the colony that have yet to mate.
The yellowjacket venom is pretty potent and a single sting is designed to tackle a creature even as large as a bear. So you can guess how painful it is to a mere human. Just imagine several hundred or thousand of the creatures attacking you at once. It’s the stuff of nightmares.
Wasps are an aggressive insect and capable of stinging multiple times. They are also prone to getting drunk on fermenting fruit or by sipping alcohol in discarded cans or glasses. This can cause them to become more aggressive just like humans.
So to round up, in the event of an attack, just run as fast as you can to get away. Its doubtful many people would have a CO2 fire extinguisher at hand to battle the critters off with. Still, it’s an interesting new use to add to the list of what this type of fire fighting product can be used for.