Why are wasps considered as pests?
Wasps are generally considered as pests because of they sting and can cause an allergic reaction for some. Continue reading this guide to find out why wasps can be considered as pests and need to be removed by pest exterminators.
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General Information about Wasps
Wasp (Latin vespidae) is an insect from the order of Hymenoptera. The female wasps raise their young by laying eggs on or in the larvae of other insects. The wasp larvae kills the host larvae and eats them.
There are tens of thousands species and they have spread to all parts of the world. They are usually around 10 to 15 mm in length. 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.
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Wasp vs Bee Control
Wasps and bees are quite similar. However, pest control for wasps and bees are quite different. Bees are an endangered species and their nests should not be removed immediately unless they pose a valid threat. Wasp pest control, on the other hand, are more straightforward and common. Wasp pest control can be done by pest control professionals quickly and safely.
Why should you get rif of wasps in your home?
Wasp stings are painful.
Wasp sting can cause burning pain, redness, and inflammation. Bees can sting only once because they leave their stinger behind in the skin of victim. Wasps, on the other hand, can sting repeatedly and then they emit a chemical called pheromone that alerts other wasps to attack those nearby.
Wasp sting can cause an allergic reaction.
When wasp stings you, they inject a venom which contain toxins that might create allergic reactions for some people. One in ten people who are stung two or more times eventually become allergic to wasp stings. Anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction to a wasp sting, can be deadly.
Symptoms of Anaphylaxis
- 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 pest management (IPM) approach that involves the ff.
- Examination - This involves thoroughly inspecting the property.
- Documentation - For full compliance and documentation especially in commercial establishments.
- Education - Getting the support of the property owner is crucial when it comes to removing pests. We'll sit down with you to discuss how we can help each other remove pests in your property.
- Finding the best control method - This involves determining the right pest control solution.
- Area control - This involves removing areas where wasps may make their nests and sealing any entry points to your home.
- Sanitation - This involves removing sources of food and water for wasps.
Common Species of Wasps in Australia
While there are hundreds of species of wasps bees around the world, only a small number of them can be found in Australia.
By understanding their habits and lifecycle, you can better identify the wasp species in your property. The most common wasp species in Australia are specified here:
- European and English Wasp — Known for causing painful stings, these two wasp species are commonly found in New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. They build nests in sheltered locations. Their body is yellow and black but their markings can vary depending on the species. They can grow from 12 to 17 mm. They feed on insects and sweets. Their colony can grow up to 25 000 individual wasps. The wasp queen only survives over winter. The entire nest dies during winter, and that includes all the males and females.
- Yellow jackets (social wasp) — The worker wasp is around 15 mm in length while the queen wasp 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 found in trees, bushes, attics, wall cavities, floors, sheds and similar buildings.
How can you find a wasp nest?
Place a bait in a visible location somewhere in your property. Once they locate the food, they will fly directly back to their nest.
However, take note that wasps like searching for food and they can do it within half a kilometre away from its nest. It is recommended to hire professional pest controllers to destroy wasp nests around your home and courtyard, especially if you have experienced an allergic reaction to a wasp sting.
Who are the Masters Pest Control Sydney?
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