6 Facts about Wasps

wasps - santa ana wasp nest removalThese flying insects can be such a nuisance. They buzz around and invade our favorite places by building their nests in our backyards and other open-air areas. Just the thought of being stung by a wasp makes us want to rush to the nearest Santa Ana wasp nest removal experts. And it would be a wise decision. Wasp nest removal should be left to professionals.

If you have some nagging questions about these stinging insects you want to find answers to, keep on reading. Here are several facts about wasps you may want to know.

Wasps and honey

It is well-known that bees make honey. In case you are wondering if wasps make it too, the answer is: most of them don’t. Only few wasp species can produce honey.

Wasps are predatory insects that hunt smaller insects. However, like honey bees, they also feed on nectar but they lack the ability to process it into honey. People are not the only honey-eaters – wasps like it too. They attack bee hives to steal their honey.

Wasps and hornets

Hornets are actually a type of wasps and the largest and most aggressive members of the wasp family. They belong to the genus Vespa and are similar in appearance to their relatives – yellow jackets. The main difference between hornets and other wasps is their size and coloring.

Most wasps are a lot smaller than hornets and appear in a wide range of colors. Hornets, on the other hand, are usually black and white or brownish-red.

Omnivorous insects

As we already mentioned, wasps eat insects, nectar and honey. Wasps are omnivores, so their diet is quite complex and can vary considerably depending on the species.

The wasps you can see in your backyard usually feed on nectar, fruit and other insects. They also have a bit of a sweet tooth so you can see them buzzing around garbage cans craving sugar and looking for fruit, ice cream and other snacks.

Pollination

Many people falsely believe that wasps do not pollinate. They certainly can act as pollinators and transfer pollen from one flower to another while searching for nectar.

In case you think of wasps as pests that have no other purpose than to annoy you, keep in mind that they play a vital role in ecosystems, providing ecological services such as pollination and the above-mentioned predation.

Life span

The life span of a wasp depends on the species and the wasp’s role in the colony. In social wasps, worker wasps (sterile females) generally live between 12 and 22 days, while drones (fertile males) have a slightly longer life span, usually up to six weeks. Unlike honey bee queens, which average life span is three to four years, wasp queens live approximately 12 months.

Wasp sting

Wasps can sting more than once. The anatomy of their stinger allows them to easily insert and withdraw it to deliver multiple stings.

Equipped with a stinger that doesn’t break, wasps don’t die after using it as a means of self-defense. A wasp sting contains venom that is a cocktail of different chemicals so it hurts a lot more than that of honey bees.

Call Bee Busters for Santa Ana wasp nest removal

Wasps can be quite territorial about their habitat and defend their nest when they feel jeopardized. If you find wasps on your property, you will need help in dealing with them. If you are looking for a Santa Ana wasp nest removal company, don’t hesitate to call Bee Busters.

We are a trusted licensed pest control company that has been serving Orange County community for over three decades. For more information, call (949) 247-8446 or (714) 731-1959.