July 08 2017 0Comment

Wasps… Wasps… Wasps…

The hot summer months are a thing of beauty… BBQ’s, cold drinks, hot sun, tasty ice cream.. the list goes on… Unfortunately the warm months also bring on a somewhat regular annoyance of pests such as those of the wasp.

Almost everyone will encounter a stinging insect at some point in their life, and for some, (especially those who are allergic), the sting of a wasp can be enough to ruin your entire day, week, month… summer. Wasp stings can be particularly painful so here are a few things to know in order to avoid the painful prick of a wasp sting:

Why do wasps sting?

Wasps sting in defense. There stinger is used to fend off threats and predators that want to cause harm to either them or their hive.

Wasps are aggressive by nature, so it takes little effort to be seen as a threat. Unlike other stinging insects, they can sting multiple times.

Why do wasps tend to “hang around” people?

Wasps are on a constant hunt for food. BBQ’s and picnics are just as inviting for wasps as they are for people. Wasps are also very attracted to sugars and sweets. If you see a wasp in and around your food area, they are most likely looking for either a protein packed lunch, or a sweet dessert such as fruits, sweet cocktails, ice cream etc.

Wasps and nectar

Most people know about bee’s and their pollinating benefits, but little know that wasps actually carry a small part in pollination as well. Wasps will visit flowers to feed on nectar, which is why you will see them in and around your beautful gardens as well. On a side note, wasps are savvy for bright colours such as yellows and whites.

Water

Wasps, like people, need to cool down too. They will collect water from your garden hose, buckets, watering cans etc. and bring it back to their nests to keep themselves cool.

Nests

  • In tree stumps/bark
  • Inside/outside sheds and garages
  • Bushes
  • Along walls
  • Eavestrough’s
  • Holes in the ground

If you see a nest or suspect an infestation

  1. Don’t panic…
  2. Be sure to not aggravate the site any further and especially do not flail your arms or swat at them.
  3. Keep children and pets away
  4. Remove any food sources
  5. Close all windows and doors

It is highly recommended that you do not try to remove a wasp nest on your own – regardless of the size of nest. Wasps are easily aggravated and will attack if they are threatened.

For assistance in removal of a nest or to detect an infestation, please do not hesitate to give us a call! Stay safe this summer!