Why Do We Need Wasps?
Despite earning themselves a bad reputation as being an aggressive stinging pest, which pester us all summer whilst we try and have a nice relaxing drink in the beer garden or ruin our picnics.
Wasps should be controlled if they become a problem to humans, otherwise its best to tolerate them, as every living creature has its job, interacting with nature and carrying out its role.
Wasps are actually an essential part of the ecosystem, a world without wasps would mean a larger number of insect pests praying on our crops and gardens. They are important for the environment as they help control insect pests ruining crops, so they are essentially keeping our food supplies safe from harm, and killing insects that carry diseases that are harmful to humans.
Natural Pest Controllers
Farmers would probably say that wasps are natural Pest Controllers, eating many of the common pests that would otherwise plague farmers crops, including aphids and caterpillars. In fact, most nearly all pests are preyed on by a certain species of wasp, there is even a particular species of wasp that can prey on clothes moths.
Wasps also help protect plants in our gardens from pests, so for those garden enthusiasts, wasps are a gardener’s best friend.
As well as being voracious and ecologically important predators, wasps are increasingly recognised as esteemed pollinators, transferring pollen as they visit flowers to drink nectar.
Whilst Bees usually get the credit for pollinating most flowers, few people realise that wasps and butterflies contribute highly to this as well.
No Wasps, then No Wine
So even though many people would consider wasps the most annoying of insects, along with flies and mosquitos. The next time you take a sip from your favourite wine, you may want to raise a glass to the wasps, why? The simple reason they are responsible for the yeast we use to make beer, bread, and our lovely wine!
Research has shown that wasps play a vital role, providing a suitable nesting area inside their stomachs over the winter period, storing a yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae – commonly known as brewers’ yeast in beer and wine fermentation. The wasps feast on their favourite, late season grapes, which are naturally rich in yeast. This is then stored in the wasps’ stomachs over the winter months, and passed down genetically to their young as well as from the food they regurgitate to feed them. The new young wasps then bite the grapes, transferring the yeast to the new seasons grapes and helping start the fermentation process while the grapes are still growing on the vines.
More Facts you may not know about Wasps.
Do wasps sleep?
The answer is yes, wasps do actually sleep, similar to our own sleep cycle, they are active throughout the day and sleep at night, or to be exact they are motionless for this period, unless maintenance on the nest is required, then a small amount of wasps may carry out this if needed.
What Colour do Wasp’s hate?
Wasps are less attracted to white; the lack of colour will typically mean that wasps will leave you alone, most beekeepers and pest controllers wear a white suit when they are managing wasps or bees alike, this is why.
Unless wasps are causing a nuisance or being aggressive then it is best that they are left alone, to conduct their role, as a natural pest controller, helping pollinate our crops, or most importantly assisting in the making of your favourite tipple!
However if you are experiencing issues with aggressive wasps then contact the professionals
Wasp Nest Removal is not that Simple…
Removing a wasp nest, yourself is not a straightforward task, it requires expert knowledge and preparation. Wasps can build their nests almost anywhere, in airbrick covers, wall cavities and roof spaces. Depending on where the nest is located can make the job overly complex to access and remove.
So instead of falling victim to the next wasp nest removal DIY disaster, call in the professionals and have the wasp nest removed safely and stress free. Pest2kill offer a professional wasp nest removal service, call now 020 7205 2229
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