Wasps are extremely common in the UK and are most often seen in periods of hot weather. People generally have an aversion to them because of their ability to sting. When they infest your home then they can become a big problem that must be dealt with quickly.
In order to help you understand more about wasps, below is a completely guide to their appearance, behavior and diet as well as how to keep them out of your home.
Wasps are not unlike bees in their appearance in that they both have distinctive yellow and black stripes on their bodies. However, unlike bees, wasps have a pinched waist and more distinctive shape to them. There are many different species of wasps however and their appearance varies greatly from one to the next.
Wasps can be both social and solitary. Just like bees, social wasps live in colonies that can contain thousands of other wasps and the work is carried out by the females of the colony. As their name would suggest – solitary wasps do not live in colonies, however they do still lay eggs although they’re usually left to hatch alone.
In addition to being split into social and solitary groups, wasps can also be either predatory or parasitic. Predatory wasps will attack and kill other insects so they can feed their remains to their larvae. Parasitic wasps on the other hand, lay their eggs in other insects, such as caterpillars. Their larvae then feed on the host whilst it’s still alive.
Because they’re aggressive towards other insects, wasps are often used in agricultural environments to control pests. As far as pollination goes – wasps do pollinate although they’re not as effective at this as bees.
Wasps can build their nests either in your home – in an attic, or in a barn, shed or garage. Wasp stings can be very dangerous, and unlike bees – wasps can sting multiple times. Therefore you should always look to tackle a wasp infestation as quickly as possible.
Below are some of the most reliable ways to keep wasps out of your home.
One of the best ways to make sure that you don’t deal with a wasp infestation is to make sure they cannot get into your home (or garage/shed) to being with. You should seal up any gaps that may be present in the structure, no matter how small they might be. Wasps are very small so can squeeze through even the tightest of gaps.
It’s also important to ensure that your home is clean, especially kitchen surfaces since wasps can very easily feed on small scraps of food. In fact this is often what attracts them in the first place.
If wasps have built a nest in or near your home then the only reliable way to make sure you get rid of them all is by removing the nest. This should not be attempted by most people as it can be very hazardous, with the wasps almost certain to attack. A good pest control company will be able to remove the wasp for you in a safe and effective manner.
Arna has an interest in pest control. Her articles cover topics such as how to keep wasps out of your home.