Have you recently been stung by a wasp? More and more people around Enid, Oklahoma are saying they have not been stung by a wasp in years but now the wasps seem to be attacking them.
What is causing this aggressive behavior in wasps? Is it the earthquakes we are having, or all the fracking that is being done that is creating a shift in the activities of insects?
The symptoms of Wasperiouses are as follows:
1. Extreme swelling at the site of the bite.
2. Itching that can only be controlled by a steroid shot.
4. Shortness of breath.
5. Lack of energy.
All the people reporting Wasperiouses say they have been stung while either working in their flower beds, or holding the hose watering their plants and grass. These aggressive wasps are apparently attracted to the sweet smell of the flowers and the need for water. It has also been reported that regular wasp spray does not affect the wasps that carry Wasperiouses. This almost seems like a science fiction movie, except for the fact it is happening to so many people in our general area.
For people who may have been infected by Wasperiouses, if there is no allergic reaction, usually nothing more needs to be done than first aid given at home.
For those who have an allergic reaction to the sting try the following steps:
1. Remove any stingers immediately.
2. Apply ice to the site
3. Seek immediate medical help
Why do wasps sting people?
It may seem with the recent outbreak of Wasperiouses in Enid, that wasps are taking revenge on the human race. Most people are stung in the late summer. This is when the typical social structure of the wasp colony is breaking down. Are the earthquakes and fracking in our area causing a disturbance in the normal cycle change of the wasp and the colony breakdown, making the wasps more aggressive?
In late summer, the hormone that maintains colony structure is no longer emitted. The worker wasps become disorientated and search for sweet foods, such as sugary drinks, putting them directly in close contact with humans.
As humans, we continue to pollute the environment, and create a changing climate. Wasps live simple lives and build their homes. They are confused as to what is happening to their world, thus becoming more aggressive because they may feel as if their environment is in imminent threat of being destroyed.
If you are trying to prevent Wasperiouses, do not disturb the wasp nests. They are not permanent, and they are vacated in the autumn. It is best to leave them alone so you will reduce your chances of being stung.
Protecting our environment
As the summer comes to an end, be aware that this is the time of the year a person is most likely to get stung. Use preventative measures to keep Wasperiouses at bay, and watch as researchers study the correlation between the aggressive behaviors of wasps in our area in regard to the unnatural disturbances we are creating in our ecosystem.
Our environment is a delicate balance, not only to insects but to humans as well. We should observe the behavior differences in wasps to make sure it is not a sign of environmental changes. If the increasing magnitude of the Oklahoma earthquakes are indeed changing the patterns of insects, what is it eventually going to do to human behavior?
Let’s take care of our world before it is too late.
As you know this article is a piece of fiction, trying to bring about the point that if we don't take care of our environment, odd things will happen to create changes in the behavior of both insects and eventually humans.