Spring is now well underway, which means the weather is starting to warm up… which is certainly very welcome news indeed, except for the fact that we’ll soon start to see an increase in certain types of household pests – such as the not-so-humble wasp!
We’re a fair few weeks away from wasp season, you’ll all be pleased to hear no doubt, but it always pays to be on your guard just in case a few early insects start to make an appearance. No one likes to get stung, after all!
Did you know that there are actually more than 7,000 different types of wasp species right here in the UK? The most common ones you see buzzing about are the black and yellow social species and these are the ones that often decide to make their nests in buildings and other manmade structures, giving out nasty stings if you dare to get too close.
However, you’ll only really ever get a wasp sting if you’re considered to be a probable threat by the wasp in question.
The main reason that wasps use their venomous sting is to subdue prey that can then be chopped up and fed to their larvae, but they do use it as a defence mechanism as well… so bear this in mind the next time you’re waving the wasps away from your picnic food.
Interestingly, the reason that adult wasps are so attracted to your pub table or picnic blanket is that they’re on the hunt for sugar.
They don’t really live long enough to have much need for protein and all they really want is a hefty carb load, so while they may be a bit of a nuisance when you’re trying to enjoy al fresco dining, your new wasp friends aren’t looking for trouble… they just want a sugar hit!
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