Wasps

Wasps - Pest Control London

Wasps Control in London

A typical wasp is hairless, unlike common species of bees. Wasps possess three distinct body parts: head, thorax, and abdomen. The thorax is joined to the abdomen by a constricted petiole giving the appearance of a thin/slender waist. The thorax has three pairs of legs and two pairs of membranous wings which are used for flying. Like most insects, the head bears month parts, sensory organs, compound eyes, and segmented antennae. The last segment of the abdomen in female wasps is modified into the egg-laying ovipositors. The body size and colour of a wasp varies depending on species. Yellowjackets and hornets are stout and very colourful with bold yellow, white, and black markings on their bodies and faces. Paper wasps on the other hand are relatively long and thin-bodied (16 – 25 mm), long-legged, and have yellow-reddish and black markings. Mud daubers are very distinct, with very long bodies, 13 – 25mm long, with either long or stalked abdomen. Compared to other wasps, mud daubers are not so colourful; they are mainly black with occasional pale-yellow markings.

Most wasps primarily feed on nectar, fruit juices, or honey dew from plants. However, the most common wasps we encounter are primarily scavengers or carnivores that prey on other insects. Wasps are beneficial because of their predatory behaviour, which helps control insect pests in agricultural crops and gardens. The scavenger behaviour also draws wasps to human environments or activities where food is present, which makes the insects nuisance pests.

Infestation

Homeowners should remain highly concerned in regards to possible wasp infestations. Aside from cosmetic damage, common wasps do not cause structural damage to houses or buildings. However, the insects may cause annoyance because they interfere with outdoor and backyard recreational or social activities such as swimming, picnics, BBQs, and gardening. Wasps are typically attracted by food, beverages, and garbage associated with such social events. Most wasps are not aggressive and will not sting unless protecting their nests or provoked. If provoked, they will sting and unlike bees, they are capable for stinging multiple times. Stings from wasps are of health concern because they can cause severe allergic reactions that can result into anaphylactic shock and death.

Homeowners should adopt domestic practices that do not attract wasps. During outdoor activities like picnics or parties, homeowners should keep all food sealed in airtight containers, cleaning up spills promptly, and cover trash with tight fitting covers. Store garbage bins no less than 50 feet away from vulnerable entry sites or outdoor activities. During summer months, outdoor garbage bins should be placed away from entranceways and should be emptied on a daily basis.

It is important not endeavour to eliminate nests without proper guidance and knowledge. Call us if you’re experiencing a wasp infestation in or around your home or business.