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Wasps: FAQ's

  • April 2020
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Are Wasps and Bees Related?

Both wasps and bees belong to the insect order Hymenoptera. It is even thought that bees are descended from the wasp.

What Is The Point In Wasps?

Wasps have a bad reputation and are hated by most; however, wasps do actually play a part in pollination and they can also be good crop pest controllers. The is even a particular species of wasp known as the jewel wasp that is particularly good at controlling cockroaches, they lay eggs in the belly of the cockroach and the wasp larvae eat the cockroach from the inside out, this stops the cockroach from breeding and also eventually kills them.

What Is The Difference Between Wasps And Bees?

The biggest difference between wasps and bees is that wasps are carnivorous, they feed on other insects and feed the larvae of other insects to their own offspring, this is not something that bees do.

What Happens When You Kill A Wasp?

When you kill a wasp, a pheromone is released that attracts more wasps to come to their aid, so killing one wasp is likely to attract more. There are some measures you can take to prevent wasps from coming into your garden if you do have a phobia of them, however, if you do already have an established wasp nest in your garden then you should keep your distance and contact a professional pest controller to come and safely remove the wasp nest.

Where Do Wasps Build Nests?

This depends on the particular species of wasp however common places to find wasp nests include, lofts, sheds, facias, eaves, trees and even in the ground. Some wasps have even been known to build nests in compost heaps.

How Long Do Wasp Nests Last?

Wasps will never usually reuse the same nest so after the wasp season is over that nest will be abandoned. The queen finds a safe place to hibernate and the rest of the colony dies off. The wasps will not likely return to this nest however other insects may decide to make use of it.

How Long Do Wasps Live?

Worker wasps are thought to have an average lifespan of around 12-22 days with males having even shorter lifespans, the queen however is thought to live up to 12 months, this is so she can hibernate during the winter and re emerge to start a new colony.

Where Do Wasps Hibernate?

Only the queens will hibernate, they will choose anywhere that provides shelter and protection form the elements. Walls, lofts, sheds, trees and small cracks and crevices tend to be favourites.

Where Do Wasps Go During The Winter

The whole wasp colony will die off during the winter months apart from the queen who will hibernate some place safe during the winter months ready to re-emerge and start a new colony.

What Wasp Species Is More Aggressive?

German wasps and common wasps are likely to become aggressive when they feel threatened. They will also become more aggressive towards the end of the season when food and space within the colony become sparse, this is the time of year that wasps will start to attack with very little provocation. If you have a wasp nest at your property that is causing you concern, then you should contact a pest controller to come and assess the extent of the nest and then safely remove it.

If you notice a wasp nest at your property and need it safely removing then contact STP Pest Control today – 0121 459 3997

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