10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Wasps
Wasps are an extremely common pest – they’re practically unavoidable in the summer months and can make people feel uncomfortable and even afraid. Fortunately they’re not that difficult to avoid, or to deal with should you ever get stung.
- Wasp venom contains a pheromone which attracts other wasps, making it essential not to swat a wasp anywhere near a wasps’ nest. Wasps are most aggressive during daylight hours, between the months of August and October. Other months find them hibernating or dead. Wasps are mostly docile at night.
- Wasp stings are alkaline, and can be treated with a lightly acidic fluid, such as vinegar, or a copper coin pressed on the sting.
- Only female wasps have stings. Male wasps are bred solely to procreate with the Queen wasp. Once they’ve fulfilled their purpose, they die soon after.
- Wasps are actually very beneficial to the human race. Almost every single species of insect in existence has a species of wasp as a predator. Due to their minimal effect on crops, wasps are often used as an eco-friendly pesticide.
- In late summer, male drone wasps and young Queen wasps are bred. Male drones leave the colony to mate; juvenile Queens establish new nests. Old colonies do not survive the winter.
Wasp nests can be incredibly inconvenient to people who live or work near them, and even dangerous if encountered by children or if disturbed in summer daytime. That’s why it’s always best to take of these things quickly – there are many pest control and wasp nest removal firms in Leicester, who will be happy to take care of all pest problems for you.
written by Jay Leigh of Pest Away pest control Leicester [www.totalcaresolutionsltd.co.uk] – providers of quality pest control Leicester.