It wouldn’t be a British summer without wasps making a nuisance of themselves. Whether they’re swarming around your home or when you’re eating outside, these pests are prevalent every single year. But do wasps actually have a purpose in the British garden? And why do they really sting us? Read on for our top 5 facts about wasps we bet you didn’t know.
- They contribute to pollination
Contrary to common belief, wasps do actually have an important function in the British garden. Both wasps and hornets are hunters, and spend time catching smaller flies and dead insects to feed to their young, as well as collecting nectar from local flowers. Similar to bees, wasps also help plants to pollinate. Though due to their bodies not being as fluffy as honey bees, they are not as effective as pollen doesn’t stick as well. In addition to this, wasps also play a vital part in protecting both gardens and farm crops by controlling pest populations.
- A wasps’ nest can move on in under 48 hours
Regardless of the size of the wasps’ nest, if the queen decides that the environment is not suitable (generally within the first 48 hours), she may decide to move to another location. That’s why it is important that a nest is not treated by a pest controller before this time.
- Wasps only sting when they feel under threat
When a wasp feels as though their nest, or more importantly their queen, is under attack, they emit a chemical in which sends a signal to warn the other wasps. It is important that you stay as still as possible as the other wasps may sting you to warn you away from the nest and defend the queen if you retaliate. Only female wasps can sting, and they will only ever sting you if you are close to their nest or they feel under threat.
- They do not die after they sting
Individual hornets can sting multiple times, yet unlike honey bees, hornets and wasps do not die after, as their stingers are not barbed and are not pulled out of their bodies.
- A wasps’ diet consists of a wide variety of prey
Only when they are adults do they feed on nectar, with most social wasps being omnivores, meaning that they eat both plants and other animals. Wasps enjoy sweet foods such as fruit and the aforementioned nectar, although are also known to protect gardens in terms of eating other garden pests such as spiders, other wasps and dead insects.
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