Our buildings and gardens are ideal for wasps because they provide food and an anchorage for their nests. Your fruit trees in your back garden can be a feeding site to many hundreds of wasps in the Summer.
Although Jim’s Pest Control recognises wasps are beneficial insects, it is the danger they pose that leaves us with no other option than to eradicate them.
- Cause painful stings and even death. Their stings produce histamine in humans and can cause anaphylaxis. This can cause swelling in airways, difficulty in breathing and a drop in blood pressure. It is this condition that can prove life threatening.
- Swarm which can be very dangerous. If you discover a wasp nest it is very tempting to eradicate yourself. Unless you are quick you can be surrounded by hundreds of very angry wasps that will sting you many times over.
- Cause alarm particularly around children.
What You Can Do
- Keep Children away.
- Keep Windows and Doors Closed
- Keep sweet and sticky foods stored securely.
- Keep Garbage secure and locked
There are more 100,000 species of wasps spread around the World. Bees and ants belong to a different classification. Some wasp species prey on other insects, and they introduce themselves into farm lands and help keep a control on pests that destroy crops. These wasp species may not be detrimental to us but would help us in our endeavour to safeguard our crops.
Wasps are not known to help in pollination but some species do carry pollen of some plants and trees. They are mostly parasitic insects at their early stage of life as larvae, and only feed on flower nectar when adults. Some adults may feed on nectar and would also feed on other insects and dead fruit. When in larvae stage some species secrete a sweet discharge which is consumed by other adults.
The early stages of their life they derive their food from the host on whom they depend for existence, and when they emerge as pupae the host will die off. Some species are also known to depend on other wasp species to feed their young.
Similar to most other insects wasps too have three body parts, and have six legs to distroy everything we have. Call to distroy them 131 546
Like most other insects the male is larger than the female and the Queen is larger than both. Bees have plumose hair which is not evident in wasps. The males and females are easily distinguished from each other from the divisions on their antennae.
After mating the Queen stores the sperm of males in closed sacs, and would release them after finding a suitable new place, as by that time most of the colony would have perished leaving only the fertile Queens. They will hibernate till the opportune time comes to propagate again.
Reproduction would be in three stages the Queen will build a small nest and release a few eggs which would be sterile female workers. They will help the Queen to construct the more elaborate nest, and whilst the construction of the new nest is in progress, the Queen will lay more eggs, which would be more females.
Once the nest is complete, the Queen will lay fertile males and fertile females and the nest would by then have a few thousand wasps. The fertile males would they fly off in search of other fertile females and the cycle would be complete.
Male wasps are developed from unfertilized eggs whilst females are developed from fertilized eggs. The female is impregnated with sperm from a male, and then controls the sex of the young. She can control the sex of the new born by either fertilizing the egg or not. Most species of wasps have this unique ability to predetermine the sex of the new born.
Most Wasps species do not generally make nests or similar structures, and if some species do make nests they would use some type of fiber to construct them, which is usually wood pulp. They mostly take refuge on rock faces, burrows and dead tree trunks. Some species, if they do make nests would use mud and unlike bees wasps do not produce wax. There are some wasp species that are called social wasps that make nests. The single Queen would start the nest but later construction would eventually be taken up by worker females when there are enough of them to complete the job. Wasps too like all other eusocial insects have a caste system in place, but unlike others it is not predetermined. Their caste system is based on the size of the individual, which is always due to the amount of nutrients it has had access to, during it’s life time.
As long as wasps live in the wild or away from our vicinity we may not have a problem. If we go into their area we could be vulnerable as their collective venomous sting can even kill humans. If many sting us at one time, their venom could be even greater than a cobra’s or rattlesnake. They should be considered dangerous, and if they encroach into our habitat we may need to be very careful if we are to get rid of them. They can attack in swarms and we may be vulnerable.
Wasp control initiatives are generally carried out when darkness falls. It is the time when all of them return back to the nest. We may need to be adequately protected before we embark on such an exercise, or would need to call in the professionals. Having protected yourself an effective wasp control method would be to set the nest on fire, if it is reachable. Doing this your safety must always be the primary concern. If the nest is located high on a tree branch the experts would employ a lifter to gain access and do it. Setting fire to the nest can only be done outdoors, and without any harm occurring to others and property.
If the wasp nest is indoors then using a wasp control spray would be advisable, but here to adequate protection and personnel safety should be the primary concern.
Carrying out any of the above wasp control exercises is best done by trained and experienced personnel. They have the appropriate equipments and the right chemicals to rid the premises of wasps. Different species of them may need different ways of handling and only the experts would be able to identify and carry them out.
Wasp control being very dangerous should at all times be handled by professionals. There have been instances where people have been killed trying to take matters to their own hands. When they are disturbed they would attack all those around profusely and with thousands attacking in swarms we may not have a chance. It is because of their dangerous trait that we need to be very careful. Even the experts would first protect themselves before embarking on helping you.
Even if we feel that we are adequately protected, wasps are very formidable insects and could sting us where we are the least protected.