A first aid manual suggests that vinegar should be used to treat wasp stings and baking soda for bee stings


#1

A first aid manual suggests that vinegar should be used to treat wasp stings and baking soda for bee stings.
Answer the following questions.
(i) What does this information tell you about the chemical nature of wasp stings and bee stings?
(ii) If baking soda is not available, what other substance could you use to treat bee stings?


#2

(i) Since, vinegar (acetic acid) is used to heal or neutralise the effect of wasp stings, this means the chemical present in the stings must be some base. Since, bee stings are treated by baking soda which is a base, this means they must contain some acid in the stings.
(ii) If baking soda is not available in the house, solution of ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) can be used for the same purpose.