Wasp (Latin: vespidae) is an insect from the order of Hymenoptera. Most of them live lonely lives, with adult females living and breeding independently. They raise their young by laying eggs on or in the larvae of other insects. The wasp larvae kill the host larvae and eats them. Wasps are valuable because they parasitise almost every pest insect. That is important for biological pest control of species, for example whitefly in tomatoes and other crops.
There are tens of thousands species and they have spread to all parts of the world, except in the polar areas. They are usually around 10 to 15 mm in length but some species can grow much more, like the Asian giant hornet, which can grow up to 5 centimetres in length. The smallest species of wasps are Trichogrammatidae which are just 0,2 mm in length.
Difference between wasps and bees
Wasps and bees are quite similar to each other. However, the treatment for wasp and bee nests are much different. Bees are an endangered species and their nests will be removed only if they cause danger to nearby people. Every professional control for honey bees has to be agreed with local Bee Keepers. Wasp treatments are much common and they can be done by pest control services, quickly and safely.
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Wasp and bee species
While there are hundreds of species of wasps and bees around the world, only a small number of them is present in Australia. Some of them are valuable parts of ecosystem, like the Honey Bee.
By understanding their habits and lifecycle, you can better identify the form of wasp control for your home.
The most common species in Australia are specified here:
European and English Wasp – two commonly found wasps in New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. They build nests in sheltered locations with easy access. Also known for causing painful stings. Their body is yellow and black but their markings can vary depending on the species and they can grow from 12 to 17 mm. This wasp queen only survives over winter and they start building nest where they lay eggs. The entire nest dies during winter, and that includes all the males and females. This type is feeding with insects and sweet food and their colony can grow up to 25 000 individual wasps.
Honey bee – they look alike wasps but are furrier and have more black coloration. Their habitats can be in hollow trees, chimneys, wall cavities or roof spaces. Honey bees produce honey and beeswax from converting nectar. A colony of them can grow more than 30 000 individual honey bees. If you have problem with honey bees, you should contact your local Bee Keeper or Environmental Health Department and they will need to relocate the swarm.
Solitary bee – similar to the honey bee. They live in small nests which are guarded by females. Nests are made from various materials and can be found in soil, mortar between bricks and even in soft cement. They use honey and pollen for food and they rarely sting.
Mortar bee – they got their name because they nest in cracks or holes in mortar. Usually they use walls that receive sunshine for much of the day. These bees are harmless and they will not attack.
Yellow jackets (social wasp) – worker wasp is around 15 mm in length and queen is a little bigger. They have alternating black and yellow bands on their body and two pairs of wings. They feed on insects but they can also eat food that is consumed by humans. Yellow jackets can sting repeatedly if they are provoked. Their nests are made in trees, bushes, attics, wall cavities, floors, sheds and similar buildings.
Carpenter bee – female faces are black and they have stinger while male faces are yellow and they don’t have stinger. They are between 20 and 25 mm long. They lay eggs in wood tunnels and can be found in eaves, siding, window trims, decks and outdoor furniture. For feeding they use flowers that contain pollen.
Finding their nest
It is recommended to hire professionals to destroy wasp nests on your home and courtyard, especially if you have experienced an allergic reaction to a wasp sting. It is good to locate the nest before calling your professional pest controllers or local council because it may not be on your property. Wasps like searching for food and they can do it within half a kilometre away from its nest. Place the food in a visible location somewhere in your courtyard. Meat is the best for that. Once they locate the food, they will fly in a straight line back to their nest. That way you can track their nest that is most commonly built in sheltered places.
Wasp sting symptoms
Bee can sting only once because they leave their stinger behind in the skin of victim. Wasp can sting repeatedly and then they emit scent chemical called pheromone that alerts other wasps to attack that are nearby. Wasp sting can cause burning pain, redness, and raised lump and local inflammation.
Wasp stings rarely cause serious health problems, but with their sting they inject venom which contain toxins that might create allergic reactions in sensitive people. One of the ten people who are stung two or more times become allergic, and that means that they will experience intense reactions to any following stings. The most dangerous allergic reaction to wasp sting is called Anaphylaxis that can be deadly.
- burning and reddened skin
- mouth, tongue or throat swelling
- swallowing and breathing difficulties
- nausea and abdominal cramps, increased heart rate
- chest pain or tightness
- noisy breathing
- strange metallic mouth taste
Wasp pest control
Professional pest control services use an integrated approach that provides many successful ways of wasp control. Their plan contains:
- examination – finding out what is required for efficient wasp control plan
- documentation – making the complete control plan of the preliminary inspection and following up services.
- education – telling the house owner about wasp behaviour, nutrition and habits
- finding the best control method – which trap or product will be best to pest extermination
- area control – cutting down the places where wasps can make their nests and making structure harder for wasps to get inside
- sanitation – reducing wasp sources of food and keeping the area clean
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