Identifying marks Coppery-brown body with a darker brown abdomen (tail end). Two small segments in between thorax and abdomen. 3–6mm long in same nest. Emergency measures
Wash affected area with soap and warm water, pat dry and use antiseptic cream or powder. Apply cold pack to reduce pain and swelling. Use pain-relief medication if needed. Take antihistamine if swelling or itching persists. Leave any developing blisters intact.
Call 000 if severe allergic reaction occurs. Lingering effects
Sudden sharp pain and burn with itching for up to an hour. Multiple stings may feel like the body is on fire. Itchy pustules can form, lasting up to 10 days. Action needed?
You must notify Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.