A wasp, unlike a bee, can sting many times. Although the wasp sting is not normally serious, it can be very painful, and in certain cases can cause a severe reaction. They can be beneficial to gardens.
If you are allergic to stings, being stabbed by a wasp or bee can be very painful and even life-threatening. However, you can reduce these risks by taking reasonable precautions outdoors to ensure proper management of wasps or hives.
Wasps are often mistaken for bees and other stinging insects. They are also notorious for building nests in places where people like to gather (such as around your deck, eaves of houses), but they can also be undisturbed in attics until they are uncovered in spring.
As time goes by and the weather gets warmer, bumblebees emerge from hibernation in spring and begin to build wasp nests. As summer progresses, more worker bees will hatch. In the warm summer, wasps are most active. Common wasps cause the greatest distress and pain. Even if they have a unique yellow and black body, they can still be mistaken for a wasp.
What do they look like?
All the wasps found in the United Kingdom, with the exception of the hornet, are very similar with black and yellow bands on their body and two pairs of wings.
Where do they live?
In Spring, the queen leaves her hibernating quarters to seek nesting sites. These could be holes in the ground, hollow trees, sheds, loft spaces etc. The queen starts to build her nest with a papery material that she makes by chewing wood mixed with saliva; this is known as wasp paper. She will raise the first few workers who will then enlarge the nest and care for the immature wasps to follow. The nest construction starts in Spring and will reach its maximum size in September, when up to 10,000 workers may be present. An old nest is not used in subsequent years
What do wasps eat?
Wasps usually eat insects, which are mainly garden or household pests. They also feed on dustbin waste and animal carcasses.
Only female wasps feel threatened and can therefore be used repeatedly. Dealing with wasp nests is usually the most effective way to control wasp problems and reduce the chance of stinging.
Wasps can also be very social animals and can establish colonies based on their mating level. Since the purpose of wasps in life is to mate or reproduce offspring, unmated wasps will eventually die. All unmated wasps, whether male and female, effectively die of loneliness in the late summer to early autumn.
Pestrap’s Wasp Fumigation Service
If the wasps’ nest is disturbed, they will attack in large numbers. It is best to treat the nest early in the year and then increase the number of wasps. The wasps become more aggressive, which increases the risk of being stabbed during the treatment. At Pestrap, we can provide safe and convenient solutions to quickly solve your wasp problem.