This time of year can be a tricky one when it comes to household pests, particularly wasps, bees and other bitey bugs. After all, no one wants to be stung or bitten and, in fact, stings can be life threatening if you are allergic and have a bad reaction, which is why our first instinct is to swat and squish them when they make their presence felt.
However, it might be better to find a different way of dealing with insects like wasps, bees, hornets, flies and so on, as you could be doing the environment more harm than good if you do go for the kill each time.
We all know how important bees are for the ecosystem – and, indeed, for the very survival of mankind! – but wasps and other insects are just as important and need to be treated with similar respect… even if they don’t look quite as fluffy and friendly as the pretty little bumblebee.
New research from Kent Wildlife Trust and Buglife has just revealed that the number of flying insects in the county has fallen by more than 70 per cent in the last 17 years, indicative of a worrying nationwide trend and highlighting the need to prioritise insect conservation.
Wasps are actually just as important for the environment as bees are, helping to control pest populations for the likes of caterpillars, greenfly and many others.
They’re also becoming recognised more and more for the value they hold as pollinators, as well, allowing plants to fruit, set seed and breed. This then helps provide food sources and habitats for other wildlife, so it’s a win-win for all!
So, with all this in mind, next time you see a wasp at home, perhaps usher it out of the house if you can, rather than reaching for the swatter. And, of course, if you have a real infestation, never try to deal with it yourself. Instead, give us a call immediately to discuss pest control and wasp nest removal.