A woman watched in horror as she watched what she thought was a regular wasp sting transform into a bubbling, pus-filled sore on her leg.
Lynne Spencer, from Skegness was stung by a wasp in her local park after she sat on the grass. Within just 24 hours she had a large blister in the centre that was hot to the touch.
She told Lincolnshire Live: "I actually knelt on the wasp on Monday morning whilst I was helping someone. I took antihistamines when I got home.
"At night-time I realised it was getting bigger. It felt red and hot, so I went to the urgent care centre. I was told it was my body’s natural reaction.
"Tuesday morning I woke up and it had spread throughout the night. Whilst at work I noticed it filling up with liquid and it was getting worse, so as soon as I finished at work I went straight back to the urgent care centre.
"Whilst waiting to be seen the sting came out with the liquid. I was given antibiotics and they put a dressing over the blister.
She had been stung before but her body had never reacted like this, she was shocked at how big her leg had become following the wasp attack.
"When I woke up and noticed it was getting slightly bigger. So I went to the urgent care centre and they doubled up my antibiotics and gave me different antihistamines. I have to take them for seven to 10 days."
Pest control businesses are experiencing one of their busiest summers according to Kathy Brighton from Lincolnshire whose company has been called to rid houses of wasp nests.
She said: “It’s absolutely mad. We’ve never known a year like it in the 20 years we’ve been in pest control. Calls have doubled, without a doubt.”
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She explained that the increase in wasps up and down the country is to the prolonged hot weather conditions that the UK has had this summer.
According to The Sussex Wildlife Trust there is also an influx of ‘drunk wasps’ who have been on a stinging rampage. They have been feeding on fermented fruit because their normal food source has dried up.
The Sussex Wildlife Trust has revealed that a genetic trait in wasps’ short lives forces them to pursue booze and alcoholic decaying fruit at this time of year.
A ‘tight’ band around their abdomen stops them from eating a conventional diet of flies in later life and they become hooked on sugar.
Making things worse, hive queens eventually stop laying larvae – which produce a sugar-spit that adult wasps rely on.
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