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Commonly Asked Questions About Wasps

In this article, we’re going to cover some of the most commonly asked questions that we have received about wasps.

What is the difference between bees and wasps?

Both species belong to the hymenoptera order of insects, and bees are believed to be a descendent species of wasps. The main difference between the two is that wasps are predatory and they consume meat, especially that of other insects.

What role do wasps play in the ecosystem?

Wasps are not parasitic by nature, despite being considered pests. They can be quite useful as pollinators, and through their consumption of crop and other garden pests. Some wasp species are even good for controlling cockroach populations, particularly the jewel wasp. Wasp nests can also serve as homes for different species of useful insects such as pollinating hoverflies.

Where do wasps build their nests?

Different species of wasps will prefer different nest locations, although some of the most common places where wasps nest include branches, the fascia of a building, and even on the ground. Some wasps will prefer compost heaps.

How long do wasp nests last?

Wasp nests usually last for one season, with most of the wasps dying off by the time late autumn rolls around. The queen will then enter hibernation and reestablish a nest in the following year. So if you have a wasp infestation that is not really causing that much of a problem, you can simply wait it out until it goes away by itself. You can also use repellents during this period to keep the wasp away from you and certain areas of your property.

How long is the lifespan of a wasp?

Wasp queens are estimated to live about 12 months, with worker wasps living from 12 to 22 days, and male wasps having shorter lifespans than the females. The length of this lifespan is also influenced by a variety of other factors such as the presence of predators.

Do wasps attack bees?

In most situations, wasp and bees are happy to live next to each other, foraging and pollinating out in nature. However, wasps do have a taste for bee larvae, and they will raid bees’ nests for food. These raids consist of numerous wasps, and if they are successful, they can wreak havoc on a bee colony, killing bees, larvae and stealing honey.

Which trees attract wasps?

Wasps are attracted by several plants and trees, in particular those that allow them to forage or nest. For example, in late summer, they may be attracted to soft fruit trees, such as plum trees, which will have ripe, sweet fruit for them to feed on.

How do you get rid of wasps?

It is not recommended that you try to get rid of wasps yourself. Wasps will sting when threatened and that includes you being near their nest or trying to swat them out of the way. The best way to get rid of a wasp infestation is with the help of a professional. Contact us today for more information.